Beverly Louise Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN

In her tenure at the National League for Nursing (NLN), Beverly Malone has led a redefinition of the League’s mission to reflect its core values of caring, diversity, integrity and excellence, as well as its ongoing focus on advancing the health of the nation and the global community.

Dr. Malone has been ranked amongst the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine; in 2016 she claimed 39th place in the field of leading policy-makers, activists, health care professionals and corporate figures in the health care, insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Additional recognition in 2016 included the Florence Nightingale Award, induction into the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame, an honorary doctorate from Georgetown University, and induction into the Nursing Hall of Fame at Tuskegee University in Alabama.

Dr. Malone’s distinguished career has mixed policy, education, administration and clinical practice. She has worked as a surgical staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, director of nursing and assistant administrator of nursing. During the 1980s, she was dean of the School of Nursing at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. In 1996, she was elected to two terms as president of the American Nurses Association, representing 180,000 nurses in the U.S. In 2000 she became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, following four years of service on President Bill Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry.

From June 2001 to January 2007, Dr. Malone was general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, the United Kingdom’s largest professional union of nurses. Between 2002 and 2006, she served as a member of various organizations including the U.K. delegation to the World Health Assembly, the Commonwealth Nurses Federation, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. During that time, Dr. Malone was also vice chair of the Brussels-based European Federation of Nurses Association.

Dr. Malone was elected to the Institute of Medicine and is on the board of the Kaiser Family Foundation. She served on the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on the Future of Nursing Education, contributing to the IOM’s groundbreaking report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” and on the Advisory Committee on Minority Health, a federal panel established to advise the secretary of health and human services.