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Friar Juan de Mena lived in Santo Domingo, Mexico where he was known as Mexico’s nurse. Along with many others he was deceived into leaving Mexico for Spain and was shipwrecked off the coast of south Texas some seventy years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. This made him the first identified nurse in what would later become the U.S.
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Around 1550, Mexican Friar Juan de Mena became the first identified nurse in what would someday be the United States, according to the Male Nurse Magazine website. Shipwrecked off the southern coast of Texas, the friar was shot by an arrow and died shortly thereafter. A revered nurse, Friar Juan diligently tended to the sick before setting sail from Mexico in what would be his final voyage.
Seventy years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, Fray (Friar) Juan de Mena was shipwrecked off the south Texas Coast. He is the first identified nurse in what was to become the United States. Two lay brothers, Friar Juan de Mena and Friar Marcos de Mena, were badly wounded...
Friar Juan de Mena received an arrow in the back; and with otherSpaniards, he died after going a little more than a quarter of aleague. From the time this friar donned the habit in Santo Domingo ofMexico, he lived an exemplary life. Among his virtues, especiallynoteworthy was the humble charity with which he tended the sick. Hewas Mexico's nurse, esteemed and praised for his diligence until thetime he was deceived, along with others, into leaving his provincefor Spain and was led to his death.
The man to be considered to be the “first” American male nurse came to our country by accident and didn’t live long enough to do much good, but his intentions were honorable. Friar Juan de Mena’s ship, en route from Mexico to Spain, crashed into the Texas Coast during a hurricane in 1554. He survived the shipwreck but was attacked by local residents and died from an arrow in the back....the great plague in Alexandria," Lucas said. "Seventy years before the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, Friar Juan de Mena was shipwrecked off the south Texas coast. He was the first male nurse identified in what would become the U.S......Continue reading about