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Beverly Malone


Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN

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

Dr. Beverly Malone serves as the chief executive officer of the National League for Nursing (NLN) where she has successfully led major nursing faculty development and leadership initiatives. She is one of America’s most visible thought leaders on national and global issues facing the nursing profession, including diversity in the workplace, the nurse educator shortage, and the increasingly innovative and technology driven trends in nursing. In addition, Dr. Malone is consistently ranked as among the most influential people in healthcare by national media.

Under Dr. Malone’s leadership, the NLN has partnered with foundations, associations and corporate partners to advance 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, especially veterans, people with disabilities, seniors, and Alzheimer’s patients. She has refocused the NLN’s priorities on ensuring that the core values of caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence are incorporated into the changing dynamics of today’s healthcare environment.

Dr. Malone’s distinguished career has mixed policy, education, administration, and clinical practice, including 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.

Within the last several years, Dr. Malone has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), now known as the National Academy of Medicine, and tapped to join the Kaiser Family Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Malone served on the IOM'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 US Secretary of Health and Human Services. 

Dr. Malone has been ranked among the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine, which also honored her on their biennial list of Top 25 Women in Healthcare. Most recently, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alpha Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and the College of Nursing of Adelphi University. Dr. Malone has earned additional accolades, including the Florence Nightingale Award and induction into the Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) Hall of Fame; an honorary doctorate from Georgetown University; and induction into the Nursing Hall of Fame from Tuskegee University in Alabama. She received the Fellowship Ad Eundem of the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland.

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, and she was named one of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine. She also received the 2018 Nursing Outlook Excellence in Research Award.

Dr. Malone first entered the field with a bachelor's degree in nursing 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, 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 (ANA), representing 180,000 nurses in the US.

A global leader as well, prior to joining the NLN, Dr. Malone served as general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), 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).