A Journey of Leadership: A.K. Rice and the World of Work
Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN began her nursing career with a first degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati in 1970. She combined further study with clinical practice, a master's in psychiatric nursing and she received her doctorate in clinical psychology in 1981.
Her career has mixed policy, education, administration and clinical practice. 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 for two terms as President of the American Nurses Association (ANA), representing 180,000 nurses in the USA. She became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health within the US Department of Health and Human Services, the highest position so far held by any nurse in the US government.
Dr. Malone was general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the United Kingdom's largest professional union of nurses with more than 390,000 members, from June 2001 to January 2007. Dr. Malone was also a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). She represented the RCN, the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN), the Commonwealth Nurses Federation, and the International Council of Nurses with the RCN president.
In February 2007, Dr. Malone took up her appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the National League for Nursing in New York. Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the NLN is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education offering faculty development, networking opportunities, testing and assessment, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to 38,500 individual and 1,300 institutional members.