NLN Foundation for Nursing Education

The NLN Foundation for Nursing Education, in support of the National League for Nursing, plays a central role in empowering nurse educators in America. Through scholarships, grants, research, and faculty development programs, we are committed to promoting excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the nation’s health while addressing faculty and nursing shortages.


The NLN Foundation for Nursing Education will be the preeminent foundation for funding nursing education initiatives.


The mission of the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education is to raise, steward, and distribute funds that support the mission and activities of the National League for Nursing – by promoting excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce and advance the health of our nation and the global community.

Strategic Goals

  • Strengthen the NLN Foundation’s capacity to raise, steward, and distribute funds effectively, efficiently, and ethically, especially from member/donors annual gifts and legacy gifts to the Isabel Adams Hampton Robb Society.
  • Expand funding to increase the nurse educator workforce and its diversity.
  • Broaden the foundation’s visibility as a recognized leader in funding nursing education initiatives and supporting national and international participation of nurse educators.
  • Support NLN faculty development initiatives that empower nurse educators in their professional roles.
  • Provide research funding that advances the science of nursing education.


Meet the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education Board of Trustees

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    Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN

    President and CEO, National League for Nursing

    Chief executive officer of the National League for Nursing since February 2007, Dr. Beverly Malone is among America's most vocal leaders in the national conversation about the nursing and nurse educator shortage, and the role of nursing in ensuring access to safe, quality, culturally competent care to diverse patient populations, domestically and globally.

    Dr. Malone's tenure at the NLN has been marked by a retooling of the League's mission to reflect the core values of caring, diversity, integrity, and excellence and an ongoing focus on advancing the nation's health. Significant faculty development and leadership initiatives she championed, from the NLN Academy of Nursing Education to the International Council of Nurses Education Network, highlight her commitment to prepare a diverse nursing workforce, caring for patients to the full extent of their practice, to address the changing dynamics of today's technology-rich health care environment.

    Under Dr. Malone's guidance, the NLN has partnered with corporations, associations, and foundations — ranging from Johnson & Johnson and Laerdal Medical Corporation to AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - to advance the science of nursing education, increase diversity in nursing and nursing education, and advance excellence in care for seniors. Her testimony in 2009 during Congressional budget hearings was but one example of Dr. Malone's public policy advocacy for increased support for nursing workforce development and advanced education for nurse educators to address the persistent shortage of nurses that threatens health care delivery.

    In 2010, the year she was ranked #29 among the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine, Dr. Malone 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," and on the Advisory Committee on Minority Health, a federal panel established to advise the US Secretary of Health and Human Services.

    Beverly Malone began her nursing career with a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati in 1970. She combined further study with clinical practice, a master's in psychiatric nursing, and a doctorate in clinical psychology, which she earned in 1981. Her distinguished 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 to 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 US Department of Health and Human Services. Just prior to joining the NLN, Dr. Malone was general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the United Kingdom's largest professional union of nurses, from June 2001 to January 2007. Dr. Malone was also a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

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    Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, FAAN

    Chief Clinical Officer, AMN Healthcare

    Dr. Edmonson has a career spanning two decades with roles including clinical nurse, supervisor, manager, director, associate chief nursing office, and his current position of chief clinical officer at AMN Healthcare. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Healthcare Executives; and Nursing Executive Advanced-Board Certified by ANCC. He is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow Alum.

    He is a contributor to the literature, locally and nationally in the area of leadership, succession planning, research, moral courage, nurse bullying, culture building, and Magnet. He has lead two organizations to Magnet and Magnet Re-designation in the DFW area. Dr. Edmonson dedicates his time to serving on local and national boards and committees of various organizations to help shape the future and propel the profession of nursing forward. He serves as a member of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Acceleration to Practice Committee and is a commissioner on the NLN Commission on Nursing Education Accreditation. He is the AONE region 7 representative beginning in 2017.
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    F. Patrick Robinson, PhD, RN, ACRN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN

    Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Arizona College

    Dr. Patrick Robinson is the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs for Arizona College. Prior, he held various positions such as Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Capella University, Senior Vice President of Academics for Orbis Education, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at Chamberlain College of Nursing, and Chair of the Department of Health Management and Risk Reduction at the Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University Chicago.

    He has a distinguished record of leadership and service to the global HIV/AIDS care community. He is a certified AIDS nurse specialist and a Certified Nurse Educator through the National League for Nursing. An award winning educator, Robinson has received many accolades for teaching excellence and curricular innovation. For example, in 2014, Indiana University School of Nursing honored him at its centennial anniversary as one of the top 100 Alumni Legacy Leaders. Patrick is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. He obtained his bachelors and masters in nursing from Indiana University and holds a PhD in Nursing Science from Loyola University Chicago. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in bio-behavioral nursing research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  

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    Michael A. Newsome, CRA

    Office of the Vice President for Research, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing

    Michael Newsome is associate vice president for research at Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, Virginia. He received his BS in business and accounting from Virginia Union University. During his career at VCU, Mr. Newsome has served as manager in grants and contracts accounting, business manager in the School of Nursing and manager in the budget office. Mr. Newsome has served as the public member on the NLN Board of Governors since 2006 and has served as treasurer on multiple occasions. He is a certified research administrator and is also a member of the Society of Research Administrators and is a past president of the Business Officers of Nursing Schools.