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How We’ve Got Your Back

Let’s face it. Sometimes, nurses have it rough. Even before the start of COVID-19, nursing had one of the highest rates of burnout of any profession. This was, in part, a result of overwork and unconventional hours, both of which have only been accentuated by the pandemic.   At the American Nursing Association – Illinois, we…

Our Voice: Julio Santiago challenges the status quo in vascular access

Julio Santiago, DNP, R.N., MSN, CCRN, VA-BC, grew up in a high crime area of Brooklyn before making a move to Illinois with his father following his parents’ divorce. He knew he wanted to help others, particularly those from underserved communities, and felt a solid education could help him do just that. In 1990, he…

Proposed Bylaws Amendments – 2020

Bylaws Amendments ANA-Illinois held to Bylaws Forums (June 2nd and June 4th) designed to give the members input on proposals. Feedback received from the Forums was then incorporated into the proposals to be disseminated to the members for a vote. Reminder – Voting for the ratification of the Bylaws Amendments will occur via electronic/online voting.…

Our Voice: Molly Moran on the value of health and personal wellness among nurses

Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation of Illinois (HNHN-IL) state lead, Molly Moran, MSN, RN, CCRN, has been passionate about healthy and holistic living for the better part of ten years. But major life changes, professional and personal, have often required she adapt her approach. She finds, “Like everybody else, it has been a journey. And that…

ANA-Illinois Announces Expert Panel on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

ANA-Illinois is pleased to announce the selections for the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Expert Panel. The ANA-Illinois Board of Directors has chosen the following people to serve as the steering committee. Carol Alexander DNP, APRN, ACNS/NP-BC – CAAN Academy of Nursing Gloria Barrera MSN, RN, PEL-CSN – District 99 Tamera Bland EdD, MSN, RN – Dominican University Simendea…

Our Voice: Tamara Bland talks about diversity in nursing education and practice

“You will never make it through this program.” Tamara Bland, RN, MSN, Ed.D. is a Southside Chicago girl and proud of it. Her passion for diversity started as a student while attending Concordia University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. One of four students of color in her cohort, Bland expressly remembers walking into…

Why be an American Nurses Association — Illinois Member? 

What is the American Nurses Association?  There are a variety of professional organizations for both student and full-time nurses. So, what makes the American Nurses Association (ANA) different? The ANA is the only comprehensive professional organization that represents the interests of the nation’s 4 million registered nurses. According to the National Health Council, the American…