ANA-Illinois Executive Director Susan Y. Swart Receives Prestigious 2022 Joan L. Shaver Outstanding Illinois Nurse Leader Award

On Friday, November 4, 2022, Dr. Susan Y. Swart, EdD, MS, RN, CAE, was awarded the 2022 Joan L. Shaver Outstanding Illinois Nurse Leader Award. Dr. Swart, Executive Director of ANA-Illinois, received the award at the 25th Annual Power of Nursing Leadership event hosted by the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Nursing at the Hilton…

Member Highlight: Natalie Loops on Empowering Patients & Students

“I’ve had a couple of different careers before this” says Natalie Loops, MSN, RN, CNL. She is now a clinical instructor at Rush University, but she took a path less traveled to get there. After graduating with a degree in biology from the University of Illinois-Chicago, Natalie knew she wanted a career in healthcare, but…

Illinois Honor Guard: Celebrating Nurses for Their Service

Nursing is more than just a career—it’s a life of service to others. Nurses across Illinois—and across the country—are joining nurse honor guards to commemorate nurses’ service at funerals and memorial services. Pam Brown, Ph.D., RN, ANA-Illinois member, attended a service with an honor guard and was impressed by the service. “I thought it was…

2022 ANA-Illinois Call for Consent | Appointed Positions

The ANA-Illinois Board of Directors announces that the annual Call for Consent for appointed positions is now open until 5:00 pm CT, Thursday, December 1, 2022. As you consider volunteering your time and talent, please take a look at the committees with open seats below: Awards Committee – one-year term Responsibilities include recommending new awards;…

Member Highlight: Dr. Roxanne Spurlark, the “Nurses’ Nurse” in Her Own Words

Recently, we caught up with ANA-Illinois member Dr. Roxanne Spurlark, DNP, APRN-FPA, FNP-C. She is a doctorally prepared nurse practitioner with over 30 years in healthcare at multiple levels. Her doctorate is in healthcare systems leadership from Chamberlain University. She is also a nurse scientist whose research resounds in the voice of advocacy amongst 100 nurses…

Amanda Oliver: Making an Impact Through the National ANA Board

“I like to tell people—if you want to make impact on your profession, you can’t sit there and complain about it. You have to get yourself a seat at the table at some point. No one’s voice is unimportant.” Amanda Oliver is a registered nurse who’s been getting a seat at the table since her…

ANA-Illinois: Why Professional Development is Important & How to Get Employers to Pay For It

According to WebCE, professional development “refers to continuing education and career training after a person has entered the workforce in order to help them develop new skills, stay up-to-date on current trends, and advance their career.” While professional development is critical for all career paths, for nurses, it is especially important. Nursing Professional Development Importance…

2022 Proposed 2022-2025 Legislative Platform

Proposed Update to Legislative Platform The Legislative Platform is a series of statements that serves as ANA-Illinois’ official record of positions on legislative issues and is the guide for the association’s advocacy efforts.  It contains seven sections: Access to Quality Care Funding Nursing Education and Research Financing Health Care Advance the Profession of Nursing Public…

2022 ANA-Illinois Candidates Announced

The election for the ANA-Illinois Officers and Directors will be held online from September 17 thru October 1st. The election will be conducted electronically. Watch your email and this website www.ana-illinois.org  for additional details. All terms are for two years. To review each candidate’s statement 2022 Candidate Profile Guide 2022 ANA-Illinois slate of candidates in…