American Academy of Nursing
President Diana Mason
National nurse leader Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, DHL (Hon.), DSc (Hon), will be the keynote speaker at the Rutgers School of Nursing Convocation, announced Dean William Holzemer, PhD, RN, FAAN. The Convocation will be held Wednesday, May 20, beginning 10 a.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark.
The Convocation will salute the School of Nursing’s Class of 2015—more than 500 graduates earning bachelor’s, master’s, post-masters, doctor of nursing practice, and doctor of philosophy degrees. Nursing graduates will also participate in the Rutgers commencement ceremony for all New Brunswick-based schools to be held Sunday, May 17 at the High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway.
Dr. Mason is president of the American Academy of Nursing, an organization dedicated to improving health policy and practice, which has more than 2,300 fellows who are among nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research.
She is the Rudin Professor of Nursing and co-founder and co-director of the Center for Health, Media, and Policy (CHMP) at Hunter College, and professor, City University of New York (CUNY and serves as strategic adviser for the Campaign for Action, an initiative to implement the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report, to which she contributed. Dr. Mason is co-president of the Hermann Biggs Society, a health policy salon in New York City.
Dr. Mason is also a journalist who has produced and moderated a weekly radio program on health and health policy for almost 30 years. She served as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing for over a decade. Under her leadership, the journal was named one of the 100 Most Influential Journals of the Century in Biology and Medicine. She blogs for the Center for Health, Media and Policy and for the JAMA News Forum. Since its inception, she has served on the National Advisory Committee for Kaiser Health News.
The author of over 200 publications, she is the lead co-editor of the award-winning book, Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care and of The Nursing Profession: Development, Challenges, and Opportunities, part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Book Series. Dr. Mason has received numerous awards for writing and dissemination of health-related information.
Her research has included studies of managed care arrangements with nurse practitioners, and a study of health professionals' representation on governing boards of health care organization in New York City. Her current research focuses on a study of the intersection of media and health policy.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Long Island University and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from West Virginia University; fellowship in the New York Academy of Medicine; the Rose and George Doval Award for Excellence in Nursing Education from New York University; and the Pioneering Spirit Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.