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.
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 and in 2020 named her to the inaugural list of five Minority Healthcare Luminaries. In the same year, 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. She was also 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 Academy with our Highest Nursing Honor, “Living Legend.”
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).