Dr. Marla Weston, CEO of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is a distinguished and visionary leader for nursing, who has dedicated her career to improving the work and public policy environment for nurses and the quality of care for patients.
This focus has included leadership in a broad range of roles, including direct patient care in intensive care and medical-surgical units, nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist, director of patient care support, and nurse executive.
As Executive Director of the Arizona Nurses Association, Dr. Weston’s work to increase the legislative visibility and voice of Arizona nurses resulted in new whistleblower protection programs and legislation for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.
While serving as Deputy Chief Officer in the Veteran’s Affairs Workforce Management Office, she used data from the VA Nursing Outcomes Database to identify hospitals with high nursing satisfaction scores and obtained funding to help nurse leaders at these facilities pursue Magnet Certification.
Today, as Chief Executive Officer of the American Nurses Association and American Nurses Foundation, Dr. Weston is a powerful advocate for the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses.
Since becoming CEO in 2009, she has initiated programs to make vital nursing data available to scientists to build a compelling picture of nursing’s impact on quality and safety outcomes and to influence national health policy.
To ensure a strong national voice for nursing, Dr. Weston has helped forge partnerships among nursing groups and fostered effective working relationships between the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care, the American Academy of Nursing’s Expert Panel on Quality, and other groups working on national initiatives central to nursing, including care coordination, performance measurement, and patient- centered care.
She has also successfully advocated for adding nurses on national workgroups, such as the NPP Readmission Action Team and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Innovation Safety Roundtable.
As a committed and influential leader for nursing, Dr. Weston’s is not only helping to prepare and position nurses to improve the quality of health care in the United States, she is also making sure that policy makers understand and recognize the important contribution nurses make to quality health care.