Dear ANA-Illinois Member

As a healthcare professional, you dedicate your life to caring for others, often going above and beyond the call of duty. Your dedication and expertise are not only commendable but also vital to the well-being of our communities.

Today, we invite you to take your commitment to the next level by actively participating in ANA-Illinois and considering a role on one of our valuable committees.

Why should you get involved, you ask? Here are a few compelling reasons:

Make a Difference: By joining a committee, you can directly influence the policies, standards, and practices that govern our profession. Your ideas and insights can shape the future of nursing.

Professional Growth: Serving on a committee provides an excellent opportunity for professional development. You will gain new skills, expand your network, and enhance your resume.

Advocacy: As a committee member, you can advocate for the interests of nurses, ensuring that your voice is heard in crucial discussions about healthcare policies and legislation.

Community and Support: Becoming part of a committee is a chance to connect with like-minded colleagues who share your passion for nursing. It’s an excellent way to find mentors, friends, and a support system.

Leadership Opportunities: Committee involvement can be a stepping stone to leadership positions within your professional association. It’s a platform to showcase your leadership abilities and take on more significant roles.

If you’ve ever felt that you want to be a driver of change and progress in our profession, now is the time to take that step. Your involvement can lead to better working conditions, improved patient care, and a stronger nursing community.

Join us today in our mission to advance nursing and healthcare. Explore the various committees within our association and consider volunteering your time and expertise. Together, we can make a lasting impact and ensure that nursing continues to thrive.

Thank you for your dedication to nursing, and we look forward to working with you to shape a brighter future for our profession.

To learn more about committee opportunities, read the summaries below. To express your interest in serving, please complete the consent here.

Annual Call for Consent for appointed positions is open until 5:00 p.m. CT, Friday, December 1, 2023.

Awards Committee – one-year term

Responsibilities include recommending new awards, establishing criteria for the nomination and rubric for evaluating nominees, Soliciting nominations, and identifying potential awardees – Clinical Practice, Nurse Influencer, Student Nurse of the Year, D,E,I Leadership Scholarship. The committee reviews & and scores nominations and presents the winners to the Board of Directors in September of each year.

Legislative/PAC Committee  – two-year term

Responsibilities include keeping the membership apprised of current legislation concerning nurses and health care, reviewing proposed legislation of concern to nurses and advising the ANA-Illinois lobbyists; educating nurses and others on government processes, important political issues, and the records of office-holders and candidates; encouraging nurses to become active in government affairs and organize political action, raise funds for and make contributions towards candidates for state public office who have demonstrated responsible awareness of nurses’ needs and the health needs of people and prepare a regular report for the ANA-Illinois newsletter.

Bylaws Committee – two-year term

Responsibilities include the review and interpretation of the ANA-Illinois bylaws. Recommend corrections or amendments and draft proposed text of all amendments, conduct a biennial review of ANA-Illinois policies, and recommend revisions, updates, or other relevant actions to the Board of Directors.

Membership Committee – two-year term

Responsibilities include recommending strategies to increase membership, member engagement, and retention, welcoming new members, recommending opportunities that meet the needs of existing members, recommending strategies to re-engage lapsed members, and monitoring membership statistics and trends.

Finance Committee – two-year term

Responsibilities include preparation of the annual budget, regular review of the budget, and recommendation for revisions and advice to the Board of Directors as the expenditure and investment of all association funds.

Program Committee – two-year term

Responsibilities include assessing member educational needs, planning educational programs based on the needs assessment and ANA-Illinois’ strategic plan, seeking CE approval for all educational programs, and creating and submitting a calendar and schedule of recommended educational programs at the March board meeting.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Committee – two-year terms

Work to empower the nursing community: institutions, practitioners, leaders, students, staff, and faculty to eliminate health disparities due to intentional and unintentional discrimination, marginalization, and racism. This committee also explains, promotes, and encourages the DEI mission while holding the association accountable and ensuring this work remains a priority. Responsibilities include assisting the Board of directors in creating an inclusive environment that promotes equity in the association; collaborating with the Program Committee to develop educational programs and resources to help maximize diversity, strengthen equity, and optimize inclusion in the nursing community; Guiding and working with other stakeholders to support policies that reduce health inequities;  serving as an expert resource for the healthcare community regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Community Service Committee – two-year term

Serves as a resource for members to connect volunteers with organizations that need volunteers to organize events in communities that provide education to improve health and safety and improve the influence of nurses and ANA-Illinois. Responsibilities included developing and supporting regional committees that organize health and safety education events and other volunteer activities that improve the visibility of nurses and ANA-Illinois, creating and implementing at least two state-wide events each year, and developing and maintaining a database of interested nurses and available opportunities. The Committee collects nurses’ names, skills, interests, and/or desired projects to be connected to appropriate opportunities.