Welcome to the Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization. Our historic mission is to provide financial aid and scholarships to students of African heritage who pursue studies leading to careers in professional nursing. Read about the MMPNO goals here.

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Student Orientation on October 23, 2020, 6-7:30 p.m.
Virtual event via Zoom

The evening will include discussion and fellowship. Become acquainted with MMPNO members and other African Heritage Nursing students in the Puget Sound area.

Online registration required. Registration ends on October 20, 2020.

Download the brochure for more information.

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Now accepting scholarship applications! Completed applications must be received by December 1, 2020. Apply online.


Frankie Manning has been awarded the Dr. C. June Strickland Distinguished Diversity & Transcultural Nursing Advocate Award

Frankie Manning

This award honors a nurse who advocates for the needs of underrepresented populations and communities, encourages dialogue and reflection regarding societal power imbalances; and demonstrates leadership in promoting diversity in nursing. This award is named in honor of C. June Strickland, Ph.D., RN, Cherokee, from the family of Hawkins and her career-long work in prevention science and translation/transcultural research with American Indians in the Pacific Northwest. In her words, “We are part of the world and the world is part of us…global is local.”Frankie Manning, retired nurse executive 

Frankie Manning is currently a consultant for healthcare organizations, where she provides guidance relative to executive leadership and labor relations. She is a retired nurse executive from VA Puget Sound Health Care System and a retired Army nurse. After retirement, she started a consultant service with a focus on eliminating health care disparities and homelessness. She also serves as the outreach coordinator for the Mary Mahoney Professional Organization. As one of the leaders in nursing, she plans and design systems to increase the number of nurses of color in nursing. Manning serves on numerous boards and community organizations, where she directs her efforts to improving the lives of underserved people.

In 2019,the University of Washington School of Nursing selected her as one of the 100 most influential nurses.

‘I am proud to be a nurse because of the gift of giving and serving. The ability to care for others and to develop the next generation of nurses,” says Manning.


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Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization was first founded in 1949 by Anne Foy Baker and twelve other Seattle nurses. The organization was first named the Mary Mahoney Registered Nurse Club. Ms.  Baker invited twelve registered nurses to a meeting in her home to meet one another and discuss an idea of establishing a professional organization. Under her leadership, the organization was created with a two-fold mission: First to provide information and support for each other and the community; and secondly, to provide scholarship support to students pursuing education and careers in nursing.

Annually, the Anne Foy Baker Award is presented to an outstanding community member who reflects our value of community service, another mission of Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization. Ms. Baker believed that Nursing was a “calling to serve” similar to the call to become a minister.   She believed we have an obligation to provide service to our community and those who are committed to our care, a belief she demonstrated throughout her life work.  Her life and her legacy are celebrated by the Anne Foy Baker Award named in her honor. 


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