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GNA Honors Life of First African American GNA Member, Mrs. Inetz Cameron Stanley.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Charlotte Baez-Diaz
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"A devout Christian who worked conscientiously with Central United Methodist Church, the National Conclave of Grady Graduate Nurses, Georgia Nurses Association, Grady Nurses Alumnae, and the Community At Large.


In 1962 she participated with the Grady Alumnae in a strategic plan to integrate the Georgia Nurses Association and ultimately was the only one to follow through, thus becoming the first African-American Nurse to join the segregated GNA. She was a constant participant in activities of the GNA.


For many years Mrs. Stanley managed the Food Bank at Central United Methodist Church. She assisted participants giving them nutritional, medical, and spiritual education along with resource information.


In 1955 Inetz Cameron Stanley and the Grady Alumnae assisted Grady nursing students in a successful strike demanding justice and equality in pay, lunch room facilities, and titles for nurses which suggested a fundamental difference between white and Black nurses. The strike brought attention to disparities in pay practices at Grady Memorial Hospital.


Mrs. Stanley invited and brought Ludie Andrews, the first African-American nurse in Georgia and founder of the Municipal Training School for Colored Nurses to the Grady Alumnae Convention. This was the first time many Grady nurses knew that their school was founded by a Black woman who was the first Black Registered Nurse in Georgia.  The name was changed from Municipal Training School for Colored Nurses to Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1946.


Inetz Cameron Stanley was a Cadet Nurse from 1944-1946 and graduated from Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1948.  She received Bachelor’s degree from Morris Brown College, a Master’s Degree from Atlanta University, and a Certificate Enterostomal Therapy from Emory University. She served many years at Grady Hospital as staff nurse, head nurse, Supervisor, manager and finally as Ostomy Coordinator.  A special highlight of her career was in completing the Enterostomal Therapy Program where she became an official Enterostomal Therapist and in 1986, set up the clinic and a patient support group at Grady Memorial Hospital after many years of supervising the surgical units.


Inetz Cameron Stanley was a true servant of the community, and a mentor for young nurses, demanding superiority in work ethics, professional appearance, and attitude. She stood firmly for respect and justice for all. She received the Georgia Nurses Association Award for Excellence, many community service awards and in 1991, the Ludie Andrews Distinguished Service Award.


She is truly worthy of recognition and association with Ludia Clay Andrews, the Dean of Black Nurses in Georgia."



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