Nursing Professor Margarete L. Zalon, Ph.D., Co-authors ‘Nurses Making Policy’

March 18, 2015

Margarete L. Zalon, Ph.D., professor of nursing at The University of Scranton, co-authored the book “Nurses Making Policy: From Bedside to Boardroom” with Rebecca M. Patton, MSN and Ruth Ludwick, Ph.D.

“Nurses Making Policy,” co-published with the American Nurses Association, explores the nurse’s integral role in facilitating health policy change and advocating for the patient, both in the hospital and in the larger political system.

Dr. Zalon, who has been a member of Scranton’s faculty since 1988, was inducted as an American Academy of Nursing Fellow in 2010 in part for her positive influence on health care policy and delivery. Her leadership legacy includes grassroots advocacy, progressive program design, execution and outcomes in state and national nursing organizations focused on establishing practice and education policy, and building research funding capacity.

A resident of Waymart, Dr. Zalon is a past chair of the American Nurses Foundation, a former board member of the American Nurses Association and a past president of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of its Acute and Critical Care Expert Panel.

Dr. Zalon’s research focuses on vulnerable elders. She has authored book chapters, as well as articles published in numerous scholarly journals and other professional publications. She has also made research and health policy presentations at the local, state, national and international levels.

Dr. Zalon is a recipient of the Duke University School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna Award, the PSNA Distinguished Nurse Award and a Leahy Fellowship at The University of Scranton.

Dr. Zalon received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her master’s and Ph.D. in nursing from New York University.

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