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Mary Bradley-Laster, MSN, RN
Mrs. Mary E. Bradley-Laster, a native of Galax, VA, began her nursing career as a diploma graduate. She received her diploma in nursing from The Helene Fuld School of Nursing, Provident Hospital, in Baltimore, MD, in 1969; a BS from Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, in 1978; and a MSN from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, in 1979. Mrs. Laster has completed advanced studies at Old Dominion University and Nova Southeastern University.
She has devoted over 43 years to nursing service. With her first nursing job at Provident Hospital, she served as a staff and charge nurse in obstetrics and gynecology, where she developed a strong work ethic. Since her initial employment in the clinical arena, she has held the position of staff nurse, charge nurse, and public health nurse. In 1979, Mrs. Laster began her teaching career in higher education as an instructor at Tuskegee University School of Nursing and obtained tenure and the rank of Assistant Professor. She ascended to the position of the Assistant Dean of Academic Services before leaving Tuskegee University. In 1988, Mrs. Laster continued her career in academia and became an Assistant Professor at Hampton University. During her 24 years of service in the Department of Undergraduate Nursing Education, she has also served in the role of director and recruiter for the Office of Academic Student Support Services; president and counselor for Delta Iota Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau; and advisor for Tau Beta Chapter, Chi Eta Phi Sorority.
Mrs. Laster has been involved in research and grantsmanship as a research assistant, project co-director, and project director on a number of funded grants at Tuskegee University and Hampton University. She also has been involved in professional organizations and community service. Mrs. Laster served in the Army Nurse Corps on Active Duty and in the Reserves before retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 22 years of service. Her community and professional affiliations include Delta Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American Nurses Association, National League of Nurses, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, American Association of University Women, and Phi Delta Kappa.
These contributions are a credit to Mrs. Laster and reflect her outstanding service and dedication to the nursing profession.