Diana J. Mason, the Rudin Professor of Nursing at the Hunter School of Nursing, has been chosen for one of the highest honors in her field, president of the American Academy of Nursing. She will serve a two-year term as president-elect beginning in November before assuming the presidency. The 1,500-member AAN advances policies and practices that help drive the reform of the American health-care system.
Mason, who is co-director of Hunter’s Center for Health, Media and Policy, is no stranger to national prominence, since she serves as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing, which, with a circulation of 350,000, is the oldest and most widely read nursing journal in the world.
She is co-editor of the award-winning book “Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care,” which is the leading text on the topic and a standard in nursing classrooms, and she writes and speaks about health policy and politics for national and international audiences. Besides fellowships in the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine, she is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Pioneering Spirit Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Nursing (BSN), St. Louis University (MSN), and New York University (PhD).