Mabel Keaton Staupers

❤ ❤ R.N.❤ ❤


Born: February 27, 1890, Barbados,West Indies

Died: November 29, 1989, Washington, D.C.

When she turned thirteen, she moved to the United States with her parents, Pauline and Thomas Doyle.In 1917 Doyle married James Max Keaton, a marriage that ended in divorce. She got married again in 1931, Staupers married Fritz C. Staupers, a marriage that lasted until his death in 1949.


  • After gaining U.S. Citizenship in 1917, Doyle received her R.N. diploma from the Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, D.C.
  • Mabel also graduated with honors

Career & Contributions

  • In 1934 Mabel became the first Executive director of the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses (NAGN), where she served until she became the organization’s president in 1949
  • From 1922 to 1934, she was employed first as a surveyor of health needs and later as executive secretary for the Harlem Tuberculosis Committee.
  • She worked as a private duty nurse


  • Staupers became an advocate for racial equality in the nursing profession.
  • Help black nurses gain full membership into state and national nursing organizations
  • Improved the status for black nurses
  • Promoted better health care for African Americans

Work Outside Of Nursing

She published her autobiography, No Time for Prejudice: A Story of the Integration of Negroes in Nursing in the United States, in 1961.