UIC College of Nursing Hosts 15th Annual ‘Power of Nursing Leadership’

Beverly Malone, chief executive officer of the National League for Nursing and a past president of the American Nurses Association, will be the keynote speaker at the 15th Annual Power of Nursing Leadership Event Nov. 2 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.

Malone, who in 2010 was ranked 29th among the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine, will address nursing leadership during her presentation.

In this era of health care challenges, it is more important than ever to recognize strong nursing leadership, says Terri Weaver, dean of the UIC College of Nursing.

“The Power of Nursing Leadership is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of the most outstanding nurse-leaders who are shaping health care throughout Illinois,” Weaver said.

Several awards will be presented at the event. The Joan L. Shaver Illinois Nurse Leader Award recognizes an outstanding nurse leader who is highly influential in shaping quality health care in Illinois through hard work, dedication, supremely skilled leadership and the courage to break through barriers.

The SAGE Award recognizes nurses who have made a significant impact on the lives and careers of others through their actions as role models, facilitators and mentors. Several extraordinary nurses will also be selected and recognized as Pinnacle Nurse Leaders.

Malone has been CEO of the National League of Nursing since 2007. Her tenure has been marked by a retooling of the organization’s mission to reflect the core values of caring, diversity, integrity and excellence, and an ongoing focus on advancing the nation’s health.

During her career, Malone has served on the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on the Future of Nursing Education, contributing to the institute’s groundbreaking report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” She also served on the Advisory Committee on Minority Health, a federal panel established to advise the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Malone has worked as a surgical staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, director of nursing, and assistant administrator of nursing. A former dean of the School of Nursing at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, she was elected to two terms as president of the American Nurses Association, representing 180,000 nurses in the U.S.

In 2000, Malone became deputy assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She served as general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, the United Kingdom’s largest professional union of nurses, from 2001 to 2007. She was also a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

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