Dr Mason is a leader in nursing and healthcare, a journalist, a scholar, an educator, a researcher and public health nurse with numerous awards for her work in these areas. She is Professor Emerita at Hunter College, City University of New York, and the Senior Policy Service Professor at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at the George Washington University School of Nursing. She is past president of the American Academy of Nursing and the former editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing. An international speaker and writer about policy and politics, Dr Mason is the lead editor of the award-winning book, Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, now in its 8th edition. She serves on the boards of the Primary Care Development Corporation and Public Health Solutions; contributed to the two National Academy of Medicine reports on The Future of Nursing and served on another that addressed Integrating Social Needs Care Into the Delivery of Health Care; co-chaired the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation’s report on Registered Nurses: Partners in Transforming Primary Care; and serves on several national advisory committees, including one for Kaiser Health News, a leading health news source in the U.S. She has keynoted conferences and conducted workshops for ICN, Belize, Taiwan, Turkey, Canada, Denmark, and the United States. She has produced and hosted a weekly radio program on health and health policy for over 40 years; currently, she hosts the weekly program, HealthCetera in the Catskills, on WIOX Radio. She lives in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York.
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