Virtual Professional Issues Conference



8:30 am - 4:45 pm

We invite you to join us on our essential journey committed to inclusion, equity, and belonging as we build on the work ANA-Illinois started in 2020. We have created an event that explores our current challenges and teaches us how to be Positively Resilient as we have difficult discussions and take actions to build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive profession with a renewed focus on equitable healthcare.  We have two keynote presentations that will set the tone for our event.

Morning Keynote – Andrea Dalzell

Andrea Dalzell is the first registered nurse to complete nursing school as a wheelchair user in New York City. She is also a pioneering activist for people with disabilities.

Afternoon Keynote – Buck Davis

POSITIVELY RESILIENT: Strengthening Essential Skills to Rebound, Recover, & Thrive.

About Buck: 

“I was born and raised in a small town in South Carolina called Abbeville. Most of my family are still there. After stints in Chicago and Los Angeles, I now proudly call Atlanta, GA my home. For 20 years, I’ve been working in the field of diversity and inclusion, a profession that has brought me great joy and a tremendous amount of meaning in my life (along with an occasional appearance on CNN).

My work has always been about helping people find ways to bring out the best in others and themselves. I have an MBA and a Masters in Professional Counseling, which, together, have provided a nice blended foundation for understanding the business to human connection at work. I’m also relentlessly positive. And I am unabashedly passionate about sharing what I’ve learned (and still learning) that helps make life a more positive experience.”

Other Topics Include:

  • Health Literacy – Presented by Denise Sanchez DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC
  • Spiritual Roots in Nursing – Presented by Tony Amberg MS, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
  • Rural Health: Putting the Pieces Together to Elevate Outcomes – Presented by Janice Albers DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, EBP-C, CLC
  • The Role of Nursing Leadership in Dismantling Racism – Presented by Simendea Clark, DNP, RN, Carol Alexander, DNP, APRN, ACNS/NP-BC, Tamara Bland, EdD, RN, Deena Nardi, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN & Monique Reed, PhD, RN