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2022 ANA-Illinois Election Call for Consents

The ANA-Illinois Nominating Committee is seeking nominees for the ANA-Illinois Board of Directors for 2022. Nominations are now being accepted for the following three positions: Vice President Treasurer 2 Directors 1 Director – Recent Graduate (to serve within 5 years post-graduation from a prelicensure RN program) 3 Nominating Committee Members 1 ANA Representatives 1 Alternate ANA…

2022 License Renewal Update

***ATTENTION NURSES*** We are currently moving to a new technology platform that, while it should make the renewal process easier for licensees in the future, has resulted in additional time being required for IDFPR to open license renewals online. Nurses, at this time, your renewal period has not opened. We will send you an email…

2022 Annual Awards Program – Nominations Open

One of the greatest honors is to be recognized by peers and experts for the outstanding quality of work and contributions that are made. ANA-Illinois is providing opportunities for such recognition through our annual recognition awards. Nominations are open through August 31st.  Awards will be presented during the Virtual Professional Issues Conference on November 5th.…

ANA-Illinois Member Highlight: Dana Merk on Using Survivorship for Good

Dana Merk was completing her bachelor’s in theatre at DePaul University when her life took a dramatic turn. “My senior year I’m applying to ABSN programs and in December of my senior year, December 2003, I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. I had to withdraw from school, have my treatment. Thankfully, I’m here. It’s…

ANA-Illinois Calls for Action on Nursing Shortage at Illinois Senate Health Committee Meeting

Springfield—March 29, 2022— On Tuesday, ANA-Illinois Executive Director Susan Swart, EdD, MS, RN, CAE, addressed the nursing shortage with the Illinois Senate Health Committee. She urged the committee to address the shortage—at all levels of nursing—that has only been exacerbated by the pandemic. “While the nursing shortage is not just an Illinois issue, the pandemic…

Access to Healthcare

While some believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is shifting to endemic status, from a healthcare perspective, the last few years should be examined closely. Despite the mass pain and tragedy that COVID has caused, the United States’ healthcare response to the pandemic was unprecedented. In this article by Natalie Shure, she writes that many private…

What’s New at Student Nurse Political Action Day 2022

On April 5, 2022, student nurses from across Illinois will meet in Springfield for the 24th Annual Student Nurse Political Action Day. This event, located at the Bank of Springfield Center, delivers relevant and timely content for the current state of nursing in Illinois and helps energize and fuel the growth of future nurse leaders.…

Elaine Hardy: Board Director & Community-Minded Educator

“I’ve been a nurse going on 22 years,” says Elaine Hardy, PhD, RN. “Anything I know I’m willing to share. If I’m the only one who knows it, what good does that do?” Hardy is an assistant professor at Illinois Wesleyan University and board director for ANA-Illinois. Her commitment to lifelong learning, to her students,…

Illinois Nurses Foundation Seeks Volunteers for Subcommittee Assignments

The Illinois Nurses Foundation is looking for engaged, innovative, and empowered nurses to serve on three new subcommittee task forces to enhance the Illinois Nurses Foundation Fund Development processes. Three Subcommittee taskforces will be created: Scholarship Honor a Nurse and Legacy Funding Events The above subcommittees will be tasked with three objectives. Review past and…

Member Highlight: Madison Morgan on Finding Her Path & Prioritizing Wellbeing

Madison Morgan, BSN, RN, graduated from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri, in May 2021. Culver-Stockton College offers their BSN program through partnership with Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing. Madison was able to complete her nursing requirements from Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and received her pin in May 2021.  “I did have a little hiccup where I…