July 8, 2010 - The National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) bestowed its highest honor, Honorary Membership, to Beverly Malone, RN, PhD, FAAN, Chief Executive Office of the National League for Nursing (NLN)during the Opening Ceremony of NSNA’s 58th Annual Convention held recently in Orlando, FL.
Honorary Membership is mark of distinction awarded by the House of Delegates of recommendation by the Board of Directors upon individuals who have rendered distinguished service or valuable assistance to NSNA.
Dr. Malone’s current position at NLN came after serving nearly six years as general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing. She sits on numerous advisory boards and committees and is recognized as an internationally renowned speaker. She has been an invaluable ally to NSNA, supporting the association by participating in NSNA meetings and events and earning deep respect and admiration by NSNA members, student leaders, staff and faculty alike.
During her clinical career, she was as a surgical staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, director of nursing, and assistant administrator of nursing. Later positions included dean and professor of the School of Nursing at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, North Carolina.
Dr. Malone is a past president of the American Nurses Association (ANA) (1996-2000). She was the second African-American to serve as president of the ANA. She has been included in Ebony Magazine's list of the 100 most influential African-Americans. She has also served as deputy assistant secretary at the United States Department of Health and Human Services; and on the board of directors of the National Patient Safety Partnership.
She also represented U.S. nurses in the Congress of Nurse Representatives of the International Council of Nurses.