Cincinnati Woman Nursed M’Kinley
Miss Mary Shannon Assisted the Surgeons in the Operation
on the President.
MISS MARY SHANNON.
Miss Mary Shannon, the trained nurse
who assisted Drs. Mann and Mynter with the operation on President
McKinley, and afterward nursed the President during his stay at
the Emergency Hospital at the Pan-American Exposition grounds, is
a Cincinnati woman. Miss Shannon is a graduate of the Cincinnati
Hospital Training School for Nurses, and was reared on Walnut Hills.
After taking her degree she nursed in this city till the opening
of the exposition at Buffalo, when she went there to assume charge
of the nursing in the Emergency Hospital. Being head of that department
she, of course, was called into active service when the President
was brought in, and, consequently, she is entitled to share in the
credit for bringing about his speedy recovery. In the practise of
modern surgery good nursing is almost as essential as good surgery,
and that is the reason the trained nurse has become characterized
as “the right hand of the physician.” That some of the honor which
has already been achieved in the handling of the case should go
to a Cincinnati woman, also reflects credit upon the school in which
she received her training. Miss Shannon comes from a family of nurses,
having two sisters, besides herself, engaged in the business. Miss
Margaret Shannon, who has nursed in many of the prominent families
on the hilltops, is one of them.