Loyola University Chicago


Beverly Malone

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Beverly Malone, PhD

CEO, National League for Nursing

Beverly Malone, PhD, is CEO of the National League for Nursing (NLN). She is reshaping the league's mission to reflect the core values of caring, diversity, integrity, excellence, and an ongoing focus on advancing the health of the nation and the global community.

Just prior to joining the NLN, Dr. Malone served as general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, the United Kingdom's largest professional union of nurses, from June 2001 to January 2007. She also served between 2002 and 2006 as a member of the UK delegation to the World Health Assembly, the Commonwealth Nurses Federation, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. During that time, Dr. Malone was also vice chair of the Brussels-based European Federation of Nurses Association.

Within the last several years, Dr. Malone was elected to the Institute of Medicine and tapped to join the board of the Kaiser Family Foundation. She served on the Institute of Medicine's Forum on the Future of Nursing Education, contributing to the IOM's groundbreaking report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health." She also served on the IOM’s Advisory Committee on Minority Health, a federal panel established to advise the secretary of health and human services.

In 2010 and 2015, Modern Healthcare magazine ranked Dr. Malone among the 100 Most Influential People in Health Care. In 2016, she moved up the ladder to claim 39th place in the field of leading policymakers, activists, health care professionals, and corporate figures in the health care, insurance, and pharmaceutical industries. Additional recognition in 2016 included the Florence Nightingale Award and induction into the Home Care & Hospice Hall of Fame, an honorary doctorate from Georgetown University, and induction into the Nursing Hall of Fame at Tuskegee University in Alabama.

In 2017, Dr. Malone received the Fellowship Ad Eundem of the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. Also in 2017, Modern Healthcare magazine ranked Dr. Malone among the 100 Most Influential People in Health Care, and she was recognized as one of the top 25 women in health care. In 2018, Dr. Malone was presented with a citation from the American Psychological Association for her outstanding leadership in advancing excellence in health care for the nation and global community.

Dr. Malone’s distinguished career has mixed policy, education, administration, and clinical practice in an effort to serve others. She 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 and served two terms as president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), representing 180,000 nurses in the USA. In 2000, she became deputy assistant secretary for health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, following four years of service on President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry.