The ANA-Illinois Professional Issues Conference will be held Saturday, November 2, 2024, at the Sheraton in Lisle, Illinois. 

In 2022, we started a tradition of adopting a theme for the year. The theme would align with our mission and vision and help set the tone of our work for the year. Our theme for 2024 is “There Is No Healthcare Without N
URSES”. The theme encapsulates the indispensable role that nurses play in the healthcare system. Nurses are the backbone of healthcare delivery, providing essential care, compassion, and expertise to patients in various settings. At its core, this theme emphasizes the critical contributions of nurses in promoting and maintaining healthcare.

Professional Issues Conference Purpose

The conference aims to facilitate discussions regarding issues relevant to nurses in various clinical, academic, and leadership roles. To align with our theme of the conference is “There Is No Healthcare Without NURSES”. We are seeking presenters who can speak to any of the following areas:

  • Innovations in Nursing Practice
  • Addressing Health Disparities
  • Tactics that Improve Nurse Empowerment at the Bedside
  • Violence Prevention Methods and Training for Healthcare
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing of Nurses
  • Work Environment Challenges

We are also seeking graduate students interested in sharing their projects and research with the attendees. Please submit
 an abstract for our virtual poster presentation on Evidence-Based Practice, Clinical Research, and Quality Improvement Projects. Of particular interest are abstracts related to the conference’s purpose and theme, as well as innovative EBP projects or topics. Previous year’s presentations can be reviewed here (then filter by year).


The abstract submission deadline is 6/30/2024. Presenters will receive a complimentary registration for the conference and a $250 honorarium.