Our Voice: Jeannine Haberman on seizing all opportunities

Jeannine Haberman, DNP, MBA, MSN, RN, CNE, has been a nurse for over 35 years.  Haberman’s career started from humble beginnings, graduating from a small liberal college in central Illinois before beginning work in a small community hospital. She quickly transformed from a fresh grad to an ICU charge nurse, ED manager of a Chicago…

Call for Volunteers – Community Service Task Force

ANA-Illinois has received requests from members seeking opportunities to volunteer, spend time together at a volunteer activity, or meet people via group volunteering. ANA-Illinois Board of Directors wishes to explore how the association can help members who wish to volunteer as a team or group. The board is seeking to convene a community service task…

Call for Applications – Expert Panel on Nursing Education

For several years, ANA-Illinois has been telling legislators that the profession will find solutions if given the opportunity. During the March meeting, the Board of Directors heard from the ANA-Illinois Legislative Committee about the need to address the ongoing concern in nursing education regarding access and affordability.  Therefore, the ANA-Illinois Board of Directors unanimously voted…

Nurse Staffing: How COVID-19 Highlighted an Issue that Always Existed

Hospitals often face nurse staffing shortages. According to this piece by our parent organization, these shortages are a result of, among other things, “cost-cutting decisions, an aging population, increased patient complexity and need, and an aging workforce.” While all of these contributing factors are relevant, the COVID-19 epidemic has only exacerbated them and the nursing…

American Nursing Association: Illinois Discusses Implicit Bias in Nursing 

According to the Perception Institute, implicit bias is a term used to “describe when we have attitudes towards people or associate stereotypes with them without our conscious knowledge. A fairly commonplace example of this is seen in studies that show that white people will frequently associate criminality with black people without even realizing they’re doing…

ANA-Illinois: How Race Determines Access to Healthcare

Throughout the last 11 months, the coronavirus has laid bare many of the socioeconomic inequalities that exist in the United States. None of the exposed inequalities have been quite so shocking as those that exist between racial groups for healthcare access.  Read on for ANA-Illinois’s examination of specific data on racial disparities in healthcare, the…

American Nurses Association – Illinois: Mentorship Program

At ANA-Illinois, we strive to provide our members with whatever they need to succeed in their nursing careers. It is widely recognized that mentorship is a huge component of career development. Faced with a rapidly changing health care environment, disruptive technology, and new challenges (like COVID-19), we believe that mentorship is more important than ever. …

Our Voice: Colleen Morley makes a case for patient advocacy and health literacy

Colleen Morley, DNP, RN, CCM, CMAC, CMCN, ACM-RN, had a successful career in credit and finance before deciding to go back to nursing school. Two weeks after getting her associates’ degree, Morley began working at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she stayed until making a move to Little Company of Mary Hospital, continuing to work in…