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What Happens to Healthcare During a Recession?

Is a recession on the horizon? According to Alex Bryson, Professor of Quantitative Social Science at University College London and David Blanchflower, Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, the answer is “yes.” In their article “Expectations data indicate the US is entering recession about now,” for Vox EU, they point to a number of data…

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses 101

On November 19, 2021, the FDA amended its emergency authorization for the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to allow single booster doses for everyone 18 and older. Children ages 5 to 17 are eligible for initial vaccination shots but not for booster shots (yet!). Why Get a Booster Shot COVID-19 vaccines effectively reduce the risk…

Cam Traut: Putting the Community First as a School Nurse

“I’ve been a school nurse for about—quick do the math—for about 25, 26 years. I worked in a pediatric intensive care unit before that in Chicago and found my calling in school nursing. Really just love it,” says Cam Traut, MS, BSN, RN, PEL-IL, NCSN.   She’s the lead nurse at Libertyville High School, a school…

Nurse Portal Launches – tools & resources for Nurse Staffing Improvement Act

A new online Nurse Portal offers tools and resources to successfully implement the Nurse Staffing Improvement Act(Senate Bill 2153/Public Act 102-0641), which became law in August. In collaboration with the Illinois Hospital Association, Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network, and Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders, ANA—Illinois worked to pass the law strengthening the 2007 Nurse Staffing…

ANA-Illinois Launches COVID19 & Nurse Staffing Survey

The American Nurses Association estimates that more than 500,000 nurses plan to retire by 2022. To supplement retirees and expansion, more than 1.1 million new RNs will be needed, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects. Prior to the pandemic, Illinois was experiencing regional staffing shortages. Now that we are 20+ months into the pandemic,…

Interview with Andrea Dalzell, RN, Disability Advocate & Activist

Andrea Dalzell was diagnosed with transverse myelitis when she was five, leading her to use a wheelchair full-time by age 12. Inspired by her experiences with nurses, she received her nursing degree from the City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Andrea is the first registered nurse in a wheelchair in the state of…

The Code of Ethics for Nurses: An Everyday Guide for ANA-Illinois Members

  During a busy, demanding shift, the code of ethics may not be at the top of your mind. But that doesn’t mean it’s not underpinning every decision. A Vital Tool Revised by the ANA in 2015, The Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, or “The Code”, gives language to what caregiving with integrity…

Community Service Taskforce Appointed

ANA-Illinois appoints members to serve on a Community Service Taskforce ANA-Illinois has been approached by members seeking opportunities to volunteer, spend time together at a volunteer activity, or meet people via group volunteering. The Board of Directors recently appointed nurses from around the state to assist in developing such a program.  The task force’s charge…