Beverly Malone

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President and CEO, National League for Nursing
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Health care leader. Accomplished innovator. Nursing champion.

Under Dr. Beverly Malone’s leadership, the National League for Nursing (NLN) has 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, a federal panel established to advise the US Secretary of Health and Human Services. She is  also on the Kaiser Family Foundation Board of Directors and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Board of Directors.

In 2021, Modern Healthcare honored her with a Top 25 Women Leaders' Luminary Award. Last year, Modern Healthcare ranked her as No. 5 in their Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and named her to the inaugural list of five Minority Healthcare Luminaries. She was previously honored on their list of Top 25 Women in Healthcare. Additionally, the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) honored her with the Living Legends Award.

Also 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. The NLN Board of Governors presented her with a special Award of Distinction. Dr. Malone was named an Honorary Member of the Philippine Nurses Association of America, bestowed the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award by The National Center for Healthcare Leadership, and designated by the American Academy of Nursing with their Highest Nursing Honor, “Living Legend.”

In 2019, she received 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 was presented with a citation from the American Psychological Association for her outstanding leadership in advancing excellence in healthcare for the nation and global community, was named one of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine and received the 2018 Nursing Outlook Excellence in Research Award.

Dr. Malone has earned additional accolades, including the Florence Nightingale Award and induction into the Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) Hall of Fame and the Nursing Hall of Fame from Tuskegee University in Alabama. She also received the Fellowship Ad Eundem of the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. Dr. Malone has received more than 20 honorary doctorates, including from Georgetown University. She also has the distinguished honor of her portrait being displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in London, United Kingdom.

Dr. Malone first entered the field of nursing with a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati. She combined further study with clinical practice, earning a master's in psychiatric nursing, and later a doctorate in clinical psychology. Dr. Malone has worked as a surgical staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, director of nursing, assistant administrator of nursing and in 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 (ANA) representing 180,000 nurses in the US.

Dr. Malone served as deputy assistant secretary for health within the US Department of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton and earlier as a member of his Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. She is frequently called on by congressional leaders and policymakers to offer her expert perspective and public testimony on increasing support for nurse workforce development and education for nurse educators to address the persistent shortage of nurses, which threatens health care delivery across the United States, from inner cities to suburbs to rural communities.

A global leader as well, Dr. Malone served as general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN),with a membership of 400,00 nurses the United Kingdom's largest professional union of nurses. She leveraged her experience and influence in that position to serve as a member of the UK delegation to the World Health Assembly; the Commonwealth Nurses Federation (CNF); and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). During that time, Dr. Malone was also vice chair of the Brussels-based European Federation of Nurses Association (EFN).