The hospital was dedicated to providing healthcare only to women and their children. It was also exceptional because it had an all-women staff of physicians. Here Mahoney worked for 15 years in a variety of roles. She acted as janitor, cook, and washer women.
She also had the opportunity to work as a nurse’s aide, enabling her to learn a great deal about the nursing profession.”
Mahoney was admitted to the hospital’s professional graduate school for nursing in 1878. She was 33.
Of the 42 students that entered the program that year, only four completed it. Mahoney graduated from the hospital’s nursing school in 1879.
She worked most of her career as a private care nurse, mostly for wealthy white families. She became one of the first Black members of the Nurses Associated Alumnae of the United States and Canada and in 1908 co-founded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses.
She was inducted into the Nursing Hall of Fame in 1976 and the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993. She died in Boston on January 4, 1926, at the age of 80.