A lot of amazing things have happened within ANA-Illinois this year! Events, leadership changes, and challenges to ideas within the medical world. 1,311 new members have joined us in 2023 so far. As a result, ANA-Illinois has had a series of memorable interviews with fantastic individuals. 

Here are our top 10 quotes of the year:


Susan Swart, EdD, MS, RN, CAE

Quotes about nursing 

  1. “Becoming a nurse is more than a job—it’s a calling. Nurses hold the title of ‘nurse’ close to our hearts. But now, more than ever, we’re aware that who we are as people is just as important as who we are as nurses.”
    – Susan Swart, EdD, MS, RN, CAE
  2. “No matter what we do in nursing, no matter what area we practice in or clinical, non-clinical, we should all be really proud to be a nurse.”
    – Jackie Kelly, RN
  3. “I love healthcare. I love nursing. I love everything about it. It’s me.”
    – Ashley Whitlatch, DNP, MBA, APRN, FNP-C
  4. “In nursing school, I knew, ‘This is where I want to be. This is great. This is my passion. Make a meaningful impact on people. This is what I love. Thanks, Mom, I appreciate it.’”
    – Sam Davis, Jr., MHA, RN, CNOR

Quotes about nursing education

  1. “It takes someone with experience just taking that step back and taking time to work with that nurse and saying ‘Hey, tell me what you HAVE done. What do you feel comfortable with? What do you need to work on, and how can we meet together to get you what you need? Help me teach you.’”
    – Hannah Shufeldt, DNP, MSHCM, RN, CNOR
  2. “It’s not our job to judge you; it’s our job to assist you in understanding who you are and how we need to get you there.”
    – Tanya “Doc” Friese, DNP, RN, CNL USN (Ret.)
  3. “That’s a big question: “Why?” Why are we doing this? Why are you doing that? Why is this happening? Why? I think that’s something that can sound challenging, but it’s really not. It’s just… why?”
    – Lisa Anderson-Shaw, DrPH, MA, MSN, ANP-BC, HEC-C
  4. “Our aim is to empower women and provide them with options, and the support we’ve received has been tremendous.”
    – Jessica Prothe, RN

Quote from our President

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, but courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
– Zeh Wellington quoting Winston Churchill


Quote about ANA-IL

Ashley Whitlatch winning the Emerging Nurse Leader award

“When you’re a part of ANA-Illinois, you are a part of something that’s so much bigger. You get all these educational opportunities, these networking opportunities. You meet wonderful, wonderful people. The work that ANA-Illinois is doing is just major. It’s important, and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
– Ashley Whitlatch, DNP, MBA, APRN, FNP-C


Wrapping up the Year


These quotes resonate with the values upheld by ANA-Illinois. Within ANA-Illinois, members are not just part of an organization; they are vital contributors to a movement that goes beyond individual aspirations, fostering a community dedicated to excellence. As we say goodbye to this impactful year, these quotes inspire us to embrace a new year where nursing’s impact extends beyond healthcare, embodying the spirit of compassion and courage in our lives.


We invite you to join us in ANA-Illinois for the next year. Be a part of an organization dedicated to you. Join us today!