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NFP Names President

The Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP), a supporting organization of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), has announced that Margarete L. Zalon, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, has been named president of the foundation, effective June 24, 2017.

NFP is very fortunate to have Dr. Zalon lead its mission to ensure nurses for tomorrow,” stated Betsy M. Snook, PSNA CEO and NFP CEO. “Her extensive organizational leadership experience and commitment to the profession will strengthen our future and impact nursing care through the education of nursing students.


Dr. Zalon is a professor in the Department of Nursing and directs the interdisciplinary online master’s degree health informatics program at the University of Scranton, where she has been a faculty member since 1988. She earned her BSN from Duke University and her MA and PhD in nursing from New York University. She is also certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as an adult health clinical nurse specialist. Dr. Zalon’s background in education includes teaching in associate and diploma programs, as well as providing staff development for registered nurses. At the University of Scranton, she is responsible for teaching courses in professional issues, health policy, community health for health informatics, and evidence-based practice. She has received grant funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research and has over 65 articles in scholarly journals and professional publications. She is co-editor of Nurses Making Policy from Bedside to Boardroom, a book designed to help nurses learn about health policy.


Dr. Zalon has served on the board of the American Nurses Association (ANA), as vice president of the ANCC, as board chair of the American Nurses Foundation, as Pennsylvania delegate to the ANA House of Delegates, and as past president of PSNA. In her community, Dr. Zalon has served for many years as the chairperson of the grants committee of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Dr. Zalon’s awards include the PSNA Distinguished Nurse Award, the PSNA Nursing Education Award, the Duke University School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna Award, and the University of Scranton Graduate Teaching Award. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of its Acute and Critical Care Expert Panel. Prior to her appointment as NFP president, Dr. Zalon served on its board and as its vice president.


Dr. Zalon succeeds Elizabeth Walls, whose term as NFP president ended in June 2017.


To learn more about NFP, visit The NFP is organized and operated to support the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association’s (PSNA) efforts to enhance nursing and healthcare.

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The NFP ensures nurses for tomorrow. The NFP is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Seal of Excellence for successfully completing a rigorous Standards for Excellence® accreditation program. The official registration and financial information of the NFP may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania, 800-732-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement. (

The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) is the non-profit voice for nurses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Representing more than 219,000 nurses, the Association works to be essential in advancing, promoting, and supporting the profession of nursing to improve health for all in the Commonwealth. PSNA is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association (

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