Location: Elgin, Illinois, United States
Mary Louise Blackwell, BS, MS, AAS, Nurse, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
Ms. Blackwell began her career as a teacher. Growing up, she always knew she wanted to pursue a career in education. She attended Murray State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1960. Ten years later, she earned a Master’s from Northern Illinois University. In 1969, she was hired as a teacher in Carpentersville, Illinois. She demonstrated consistent success in that role, and she thoroughly enjoyed the work, though she soon found that she felt drawn to pursue nursing. She left her position as a teacher in 1982 and attended nursing school. In 1984, Ms. Blackwell earned an Associate’s degree from Elgin Community College. Shortly thereafter, she was hired as a staff nurse at Sherman Hospital. In 1989, after proving herself to be successful, she took on the role of a charge nurse. She demonstrated consistent success in her position until 1994.
In 2002, Ms. Blackwell earned the Nursing Excellence Award from Sherman Hospital in response to her professional success. Looking back on her illustrious career, she considers the highlight to be her experience in taking care of newborn babies. She loved witnessing them gain enough strength to be released from the hospital into loving homes. She additionally participated on several committees as a nurse, including a diabetic committee and a pneumonia committee. She thoroughly enjoyed advocating for her patients. As a further testament to her success, Ms. Blackwell is featured in the 4th and 5th editions of Who’s Who in American Nursing, as well as the 22nd edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest. Ms. Blackwell is retired and spends her time caring for her husband.
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