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ANA-Illinois: How Race Determines Access to Healthcare

Throughout the last 11 months, the coronavirus has laid bare many of the socioeconomic inequalities that exist in the United States. None of the exposed inequalities have been quite so shocking as those that exist between racial groups for healthcare access.  Read on for ANA-Illinois’s examination of specific data on racial disparities in healthcare, the…

American Nurses Association – Illinois: Mentorship Program

At ANA-Illinois, we strive to provide our members with whatever they need to succeed in their nursing careers. It is widely recognized that mentorship is a huge component of career development. Faced with a rapidly changing health care environment, disruptive technology, and new challenges (like COVID-19), we believe that mentorship is more important than ever. …

Board of Directors issues call for consents for appointed positions

The ANA-Illinois Board of Directors announces a second Call for Consents for appointed positions. The board wishes to announce we still have several opening and would request that as you consider volunteering your time and talent, please take a look at the committees with open seats below: Awards Committee – one-year term Responsibilities include recruiting…

Our Voice: Colleen Morley makes a case for patient advocacy and health literacy

Colleen Morley, DNP, RN, CCM, CMAC, CMCN, ACM-RN, had a successful career in credit and finance before deciding to go back to nursing school. Two weeks after getting her associates’ degree, Morley began working at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she stayed until making a move to Little Company of Mary Hospital, continuing to work in…

ANA-IL Provides Ways to Celebrate the Holidays Safely

With Thanksgiving directly behind us and the December holidays coming up fast, traveling is on many people’s minds. While everyone likes being with their families and enjoying a sense of togetherness during the holidays, the COVID-19 pandemic is making it a little difficult to do both in-person this year. For those who are unsure how…

2020 Inaugural ANA-Illinois Awards

The board of directors wanted to make 2020 the year of the Nurse special so set their sites on an award program for the association.  The board wishes to thank the awards development committee for their work on establishing our awards program. Dr. Alma J. Labunski Renee Maeweather-Reed Dr. Sarah Silvest-Guerrero Dr. Martha Bergren Dewey…

The Social Determinants of Health

There are a number of different factors that contribute to a person’s overall health, including genetics and environment. While these are important to examine when determining health, in an editorial recently published in The Journal of Nursing Education, Dr. Teri A. Murray, PhD, APHN-BC, RN, FAAN proposes that we examine another factor: social determinants of…

Our Voice: Debra Savage supports evidence-based voting

Debra Savage, DNP, RN, MSN, BSN, has a nursing background that truly runs the gamut. Savage began her career as a staff nurse before spending some time in travel nursing and home health. Moving back into the hospital environment, she worked as a Maternal Clinical Coordinator for several different facilities. Eventually, Savage was named the…

How ANA-Illinois Improves Illinois Nursing

Here at the American Nursing Association — Illinois, our overarching goal is to improve nursing, whether it be the profession as a whole or by helping individual nurses to improve themselves. How we execute improvement can be done in two ways: by saying things that push for improvement in nursing and by doing things that…

5200 Nurses to the Polls

Dear ANA-Illinois Members, We are less than days away from the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. Voting is a non-negotiable function of our Democracy. The COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities who have been affected by the health and economic crisis. As a nursing community, we have an…