Health care leader. Accomplished innovator. Nursing champion.
Under Dr. Malone’s leadership, NLN advanced the science of nursing education by promoting greater collaboration among stakeholders, increasing diversity in nursing and nursing education, and advancing excellence in care for patients. Dr. Malone’s distinguished career has mixed policy, education, administration, and clinical practice, including as federal deputy assistant secretary for health under President Bill Clinton.
As a reviewer, she contributed to the groundbreaking IOM report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," and served on the Minority Health Federal Advisory Committee. She has also received more than 20 honorary doctorates.
She has been ranked several times as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare, which also has honored her as one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare.
In 2019, Dr. Malone was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alpha Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and the College of Nursing of Adelphi University, Long Island. In 2018, Dr. Malone received the American Psychological Association citation for outstanding US and global community leadership. She also received the 2018 Nursing Outlook Excellence in Research Award. In 2020, Dr. Malone was honored by the University of Cincinnati with the Linda Bates Parker Legend Award, which recognizes alumni for their professional accomplishments and active development of those around them.
Elected two terms as ANA president, representing 180,000 nurses, Dr. Malone also served as the first US and African American general secretary of the UK Royal College of Nursing representing 400,000 nurses. A member of the UK as well as US delegation to the World Health Assembly, she was also vice chair of the Brussels-based European Federation of Nurses Association.