Marla Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN, is chief executive officer of the American Nurses Association; the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), ANA’s charitable arm; and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), an ANA subsidiary that promotes excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs.
A distinguished and visionary leader for nursing, Weston 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.
Prior to joining ANA in 2009, she served at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in the Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA), first as program director in the Office of Nursing Services, and then as deputy chief officer in the agency’s Workforce Management and Consulting Office. At the VHA, she oversaw policies, programs, and initiatives that provided support for VHA employees and was responsible for improving nurse retention and promoting nursing as an attractive career choice.
Weston also served four years as the executive director of the Arizona Nurses Association. During her tenure, membership in the association increased by 24 percent and revenues rose by 109 percent.
Dr. Weston has been widely recognized for her leadership for nurses, including being inducted as a member in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2012. In 2014, she was named one of the 100 most influential people in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine.