Beverly Malone

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Beverly Malone
Portrait photograph of Beverly Malone in 2003
Beverly Malone in 2003
Chief executive officer of the National League for Nursing
In office
February 2007 – incumbent
General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing
In office
June 2001 – December 2006
Preceded by Christine Hancock
Succeeded by Peter Carter
Deputy assistant secretary for health
In office
President of the American Nurses Association
In office
Personal details
Born 1948
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Divorced
Children Two: Tosha and Jelani
Alma mater University of Cincinnati
Religion Baptist

Beverly Malone (born 1948) is the chief executive officer of the National League for Nursing in the United States. Prior to assuming this position in February 2007 she served as general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing in the United Kingdom for six years.

Early life[edit]

Beverly Louise Malone[1] was born in 1948[2] and was the eldest of seven siblings. Her mother worked as a tax auditor for the Internal Revenue Service and her father was a train engineer. She was raised in Elizabethtown,[3][4]:70 in rural Kentucky, in the segregated deep south of the United States[2] by her great grandmother.[5]

University education and nursing/academic career (1970–1996)[edit]

Malone obtained a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati in 1970.[6] From 1970 she worked as a nurse in Newark and Irvington (both New Jersey),[6] obtaining a master's degree in adult psychiatric nursing from Rutgers University in Newark in 1972.[1] In 1972 she was appointed Instructor of Psychiatric Nursing at Wayne State University in Michigan. From 1973 she was a specialist nurse, professor and administrator at University Hospital, Cincinnati.[6] She obtained her PhD in clinical psychology from Cincinnati University in 1981[1][6][7] and was then Assistant Administrator of the Medical Centre.[3][8] In 1986 Malone was made dean of the School of Nursing at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a historically black university.[4]:73 She became Vice Chancellor in 1994.[3] In North Carolina, she also served on a number of public bodies (including the Governor's Task Force on Nursing Shortage, the North Carolina Commission on Health Services, and the Board of Directors of the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program).[3]

President of the American Nurses Association (1996–2000)[edit]

In 1996 Malone was elected President of the American Nurses Association (ANA), an organization representing 180,000 nurses throughout the United States and based in Washington. She was the second African-American to hold this position.[4][9] She served two terms lasting to 2000. President Bill Clinton appointed her as a member of the US delegation to the World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization[3] in 1998 and 1999.[9] She was later to be appointed to a similar position by Prime Minister Tony Blair, in 2006.[9]

During her presidency, Malone served on President Bill Clinton's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry[1] and in March 1998 she was appointed to the Health Care Quality Measurement and Reporting Committee.[citation needed] She also represented U.S. nurses in the Congress of Nurse Representatives of the International Council of Nurses.[citation needed] and served on the board of directors of the National Patient Safety Partnership,[9] a collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Medical Association and other national health care organizations.[citation needed]

Deputy assistant secretary for health (1999–2001)[edit]

From 2000 she was appointed by Bill Clinton to the post of deputy assistant secretary for health within the United States Department of Health and Human Services,[2] the highest position that a nurse had ever held in the US government.[3]

General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (2001–2006)[edit]

"How could the RCN want an American, an African American to run the most prestigious professional nursing trade union in the world?"

Beverly Malone, writing of her feelings when she was offered the post

In 2001 Malone moved to the United Kingdom when she was appointed to the post of General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the largest professional union of nursing staff in the world,[1][3] succeeding Christine Hancock.[4]:74 This was somewhat surprising; as she later wrote "How could the RCN want an American, an African American to run the most prestigious professional nursing trade union in the world? [Malone, 2007][4]:74[8] Clinton is said to have smoothed the way politically by "having a word" with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown[4]:75 She was to remain in this post until January 2007.[6][7][10]

She was also a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and represented the RCN at the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN), the Commonwealth Nurses Federation, and the International Council of Nurses (together with the RCN president).[10]

She was at first the subject of considerable media attention and some controversy, partly because of the novelty of an American holding such a political post in Britain, but also because of her generous remuneration package. There was also criticism of her mother, Dorothy Black, receiving free eye surgery under the National Health Service soon after her arrival in spite of having paid no British taxes or insurance contributions. Officials stated that her mother not been given preferential treatment and, as a resident or dependent relative of a resident, was entitled to the same free healthcare as anyone else.[6][11] She was also criticized for attending a Labour Party event as a guest, because of the traditional party-political neutrality of her employer.[11]

In 2003 she became a member of the steering committee of the NHS Modernisation Agency.[2] In 2006, Tony Blair appointed her as a member of the UK delegation to the World Health Assembly. She had previously represented the United States in a similar role in 1998 and 1999.[9]

In an interview with the Guardian newspaper before returning to the United States, while criticizing job cuts and cost cutting in the British National Health Service, she spoke favorably of the system, calling it "a treasure" and praising a system where healthcare is a right rather than a privilege.[6] Though treated somewhat roughly by the British media, she welcomed the greater "visibility" of the nursing profession in Britain, compared with the United States.[6]

Chief Executive Officer of the National League for Nursing (2007–present)[edit]

From February 2007[7] Malone was appointed chief executive officer of the National League for Nursing (NLN), which has a membership of over 40,000,[1] and she has held this post to the present.

She also represented U.S. nurses in the Congress of Nurse Representatives of the International Council of Nurses.[9]

In 2009, she testified during the Congressional budget hearings.[7] She also served on the Institute of Medicine's Forum on the Future of Nursing Education.[7]

Interests and priorities[edit]

Malone has been particularly involved in minority health issues, racial and ethnic health disparities, and other issues of race and cultural diversity.

Personal life[edit]

Malone is divorced and has two children, Tosha and Jelani, and four grandchildren.[6] She is a member of the Baptist church and is religious.[2] [4][6]

Recognition and awards[edit]

Malone has received numerous honors and awards, including the:

  • Chi Eta Phi sorority's Mabel Keaton Staupers Award
  • Honorary Doctor of science degree from Indiana University in Indianapolis[4]:78
  • Honorary Doctor of Science degree (DSc) from the University of Ulster (2005)[4]:78
  • Honorary Doctor of the University (DUniv) from the University of Stirling (2005)[12]
  • Anthony J Janetti award for extraordinary contributions to healthcare[4]:78
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding contribution to nursing and society
  • Excellence in Nursing Education Award from North Carolina League for Nursing[4]:78
  • Golden Key National Honor Society's Honorary Member Award[4]:78
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing[4]:73
  • Ebony Magazine named Dr. Malone one of the "100-Plus Influential Black Americans and Organization Leaders" in the United States.[8][9]
  • In 2010 she was ranked 29th most powerful person in healthcare.[7][13]
  • In 2013, she received the Loretta Ford CARE Lifetime Achievement Award.[13]
  • In 2016, Dr. Malone was ranked #39 on the Modern Healthcare list of 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. [14]


Malone is a member of the editorial boards of

  • the Journal of Black Psychology[1]
  • the Journal of Professional Nursing.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Commencement 2011". Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Experts Examined — Beverly Malone". BBC. 13 December 2004. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "RGU Honours Top Nursing Professional" (Press release). Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University. 8 July 2005. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Malone, Beverly (2007). "My Leadership Journey". In Hansen-Turton, T.; Sherman, S.; A Ferguson, V. Conversations with Leaders: Frank Talk from Nurses (and Others) on the Frontlines of Leadership. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. pp. 69–78. ISBN 9781930538696. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Waters, Adele (25 February 2004). "Nursing the Future: Interview with Beverly Malone" (pdfpublisher=RCN Publishing). Nursing Standard. 18 (24): 12–13. doi:10.7748/ns2004. ISSN 0029-6570. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Carvel, John (20 December 2006). "Smiles amid the tears". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN". National League for Nursing. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Mendez, Larisa C. (November 2006). "Beverly Malone: An Image of Leadership" (pdf). Imprint. National Student Nurses Association (November/December 2006). ISSN 0019-3062. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Beverly Malone Receives NSNA's Highest Honor" (PDF) (Press release). Brooklyn, NY –: National Student Nurses' Association. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 
  10. ^ a b "Beverly Malone". Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Nurse Faculty Scholars. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Coombes, Rebecca (22 June 2002). "RCN general secretary may face 'no confidence' vote". British Medical Journal. 324 (7352): 1477. doi:10.1136/bmj.324.7352.1477/c. ISSN 1756-1833. LCCN 97640199. OCLC 32595642. PMC 1123439Freely accessible. PMID 12077029. 
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  13. ^ a b Alexander, Antoinette (11 June 2013). "Malone wins lifetime achievement award". Drug Store News. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  14. ^ May, David (20 August 2016). "39. Beverly Malone". Retrieved 22 August 2016.