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The Honorable Shirley Nathan-Pulliam

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Registered Nurse
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Fuchsia, Purple
Favorite Food:
Jamaican Food, Plantains (Fried)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Can't is not in my vocabulary.

Birthplace

Born:
5/20/1939

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Registered Nurse
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Fuchsia, Purple
Favorite Food:
Jamaican Food, Plantains (Fried)
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Can't is not in my vocabulary.

Birthplace

Born:
5/20/1939
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Biography

Shirley Ann Nathan-Pulliam was born on May 20, 1939, in the Parish of Trelawny, Jamaica, West Indies. Her mother was a seamstress and retail store buyer and her father worked as a builder and carpenter. She earned her high school diploma from Mico Practicing School in Kingston, Jamaica in 1956. She fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming a nurse when she attended Bootham Park Hospital School of Nursing in Yorkshire England. While studying in England she met her husband, a United States Army soldier, they married and moved to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1960.

From 1962 until 1966 Nathan-Pulliam worked as a licensed practical nurse or LPN in the obstetrics ward at Baltimore City Hospital. From 1966 until 1967 she worked at Baltimore’s Bansecor Hospital. After earning her GED in 1969 Nathan-Pulliam enrolled in Baltimore City College and in 1975 graduated with an associate of arts degree in nursing. While a student at BCC, she created the nurses alumni association and became its first president. In 1980 Nathan-Pulliam earned her bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from the University of Maryland. In 1987 she received her master’s in administrative science from Johns Hopkins University. From 1975 until 1987 Nathan-Pulliam worked at Lutheran Hospital, later known as Liberty Medical Center.

In 1986, she unsuccessfully ran for the Maryland House of Delegates. Then, in 1994, Nathan-Pulliam was elected to represent Baltimore’s tenth district, becoming the first Caribbean-born and first African American registered nurse elected to the Maryland General Assembly. Nathan-Pulliam has sponsored and championed numerous healthcare legislation bills. Her first year in office she successfully secured 2.6 million dollars for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment for low-income women.

Nathan-Pulliam is currently CEO of a healthcare education consulting firm and serves as executive director of an adult daycare facility. She has been the recipient of many honors and awards for her civic and healthcare leadership.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Shirley Nathan-Pulliam interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam talks about her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam discusses her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam details her earliest childhood memories and the discovery of an older brother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam recalls the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in Jamaica
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam talks about her grandparents and plantation life in Jamaica
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam details her family structure after her parents' separation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam talks about her experiences battling rheumatic fever as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam details her religious upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam discusses her dyslexia and migrane problems in her youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam recalls the dreams and aspirations from her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam talks about her high school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam remembers her nursing school experiences in England and meeting her husband
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam details her move from England to Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam describes race relations in Baltimore in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam recalls meeting her husband's parents
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam discusses her career aspirations and her experiences in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam details her career at Lutheran Hospital of Baltimore
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam describes her run for the Maryland House of Delegates in 1986
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam describes her company Nathan's Network
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam talks about her foray into politics and her trip to Europe, Part 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam talks about her foray into politics and her trip to Europe, Part 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam recalls her first campaign win for the Maryland's General Assembly
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam talks about her accomplishments in the Maryland General Assembly
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam discusses the unique qualities she brings to the Maryland House of Delegates
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam comments on the changes in political leadership in Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam talks about the Caribbean population in the Baltimore area
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam discusses her battles for the rights of immigrants in the state of Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam comments on the changes she's seen on her return visits to Jamaica
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam talks about her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Shirley Nathan-Pulliam comments on her legacy and how she would like to be remembered