A special thank you to Foundation Past President, Margarete L. Zalon, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC. Dr. Zalon’s commitment to the Foundation is exemplified by her hard work and passion. Dr. Zalon first encountered the Foundation as a Foundation Scholar through the Foundation Nursing Research Grants (NRG) Program. She credits the Foundation with starting her research career with a grant funded by the Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life Improvement in 1991. She is a full professor at the University of Scranton where she teaches adult health nursing, leadership and research, and also chairs the University’s Institutional Review Board. Her undergraduate degree is from Duke University and her master’s and doctorate in nursing are from New York University. She has taught in associate degree, hospital-based programs and hospitals in New York and Pennsylvania. Dr. Zalon’s area of research is related to acute pain and the recovery of older adults after major surgery.
Dr. Zalon has used her research expertise to influence state and national policy. She has served as an ANA delegate numerous times and also chaired the 2004 ANA Convention Education Planning Committee. Dr. Zalon is a past president of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, past vice-president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Nurses Association. Dr. Zalon served as Foundation Treasurer from 2004-2006, then began her term as President in September, 2006.
As Foundation President, Dr. Zalon has played a critical role in establishing channels to bring in new unrestricted funds to the Foundation that support the mission of the Foundation. One of these initiatives is the Rock the Foundation Endowment, an endowment that operates as a permanent savings account, providing a reliable source of income and allowing Foundation to continue to offer nurses opportunities through research and education, forever. The Rock the Foundation Endowment was launched in January at the 2009 National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) Conference with the Nurses Rock the Foundation Campaign. Since 1955, the Foundation has given nurses the opportunities to impact lives on a daily basis through research and improvements to the quality of nursing care. And, nurses can ensure that the Foundation will be here forever to offer these opportunities. There are 3.6 million Registered Nurses in the country. Just think, if every nurse makes a one-time donation of $10 or more to the campaign today, how quickly these endowment funds will go to work, benefiting the Foundation and nursing forever.
President Zalon is excited about the Nurses Rock the Foundation campaign, and growing these funds that provide support to the mission of the Foundation. “I hope every nurse contributes $10 or more. Tell your friends, family and colleagues how to ensure that these opportunities will always be available to nurses through the Foundation!” Dr. Zalon also notes that especially in these difficult times, nurses not only need to take care of their patients, but also need to take care of the future for nursing and for nurses.