Professional Issues Conference

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Carle Forum
611 West Park Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801


8:00 am - 4:30 pm

ANA-Illinois 2023 Professional Issues Conference – Human First, Nurse Second

The one-day conference will be held on November 4, 2023 in Urbana, Illinois.

“ANA-Illinois has worked really hard to build a community of nurses where we can come together and support each other. The Professional Issues Conference is an ideal opportunity for nurses to do that,” says Susan Swart, Executive Director of ANA-Illinois.

This year, every conference attendee will receive a “Human First, Nurse Second” t-shirt. 

Refer a nurse to the conference, and both you and your colleague will be entered to win a $250 gift card!

Relevant & Inspiring Sessions

The theme for the conference this year is “Human First, Nurse Second.” Mona Shattell PhD, RN, FAAN will deliver the opening session, entitled: “Social Media for Nurses.”

Keynote Session – Social Media for Nurses

Social and other digital media outlets provide nurses with tools to share information, to debate healthcare policy and practice issues, to promote healthy behaviors, and to engage with the public.​ In our new digital world, it is up to us to speak outside of our clinical practices and professional arenas. Your position as a nurse makes you credible, trustworthy, and able to affect change.​ This presentation will generate enthusiasm for beginners, intermediate, and advanced users of social media by showing you why it’s important and by giving you the tools necessary to amplify your voice.

Keynote Speaker – Mona Shattell PhD, RN, FAAN

Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN is Chair of the Department of Nursing Systems, Hugh F. and Jeannette G. McKean Endowed Chair, and Professor at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She is the Editor of the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, and author of more than 150 journal articles. She is an active social media user, content developer, and public thought leader. She has published op-eds in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Health Affairs, HuffPost, and others. She has received numerous awards and recognitions: the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame from Sigma, the Outstanding Dissemination of Health Information Award from the Maryland Nurses Association, and the Best Public Health Advocacy Award (from 2010-2019) from The Truth About Nursing. Her recently published book, co-authored by Melissa Batchelor and Rebecca Darmoc is titled, “Social media in healthcare: A guide to creating your professional digital presence.

Other sessions include:

  • Promoting Self-Assessment and Self-Care for Nurses Using the R.E.S.T. Framework
  • Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to Improve Burnout
  • A Qualitative Exploration of the Black Nurses’ Experience Practicing During the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Unwrapping Holiday Stress: Strategies for a Calmer Season

This event offers 5.0 CE credits to attendees.
Accreditation Info: Illinois Nurses Foundation is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.