Nursing leaders and professionals from throughout Illinois looked to the future at the 17th annual Power of Nursing Leadership event Nov. 6 at the Hilton Chicago.
Hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, the annual event is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the impact of nurse leaders in shaping healthcare to meet the needs of Illinois residents. Nurse.com was the major media sponsor of the event. About 475 people attended.
UIC College of Nursing Dean Terri Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, presided over the event and presented awards to several nurse leaders. Michelle Janney, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, senior vice president and Wood-Prince Family chief nurse executive from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, was honored with the 2014 Joan L. Shaver Illinois Outstanding Nurse Leader Award, which is given in recognition of an outstanding nurse leader who is highly influential in shaping quality healthcare.
Janney has spent more than 20 years in chief nurse executive positions, most recently for the past 12 years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Under Janneys leadership, NMH has received national recognition including the National Committee for Quality Health Care Award and Magnet designation and redesignation. She is a long-standing member of the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders, and the American Organization of Nurse Executives, where she served as president-elect in 2012 and president in 2013.
Janney said she was honored to receive the award and gave credit to her fellow nurses and nurse leaders at NMH. Im pleased to be part of an excellent nursing team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital who have partnered with me on this journey, she said.
Meanwhile, Elaine Graf, PhD, RN, NE-BC, research and funding coordinator of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and Mariann Piano, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, department head and professor at the UIC College of Nursing, were presented with SAGE awards. SAGE awards recognize nurses who mentor and support current and future nurse leaders.
Graf has been in pediatric nursing for 40 years, serving in her current capacity for the past 17. Over the years, she has held a variety of leadership roles, including team leader, head nurse, associate professor and pediatric nurse practictioner. Piano has been a researcher and nurse educator for more than 25 years and has been on the UIC College of Nursing faculty since 1990.
Weaver also read the names of 27 Pinnacle Leaders who have made significant contributions to nursing.
Future of nursing
The keynote speaker for the event was Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN, distinguished professor and university dean emerita of the Indiana University School of Nursing. The theme of her speech was 21st Century Nursing: The Demand for Leadership.
With the increasing demand for healthcare services in the 21st century, McBride said the need for quality nurse leaders is more important today than ever before.
It has never been a better time to be a nurse than it is right now, she said. We dont just support the primary care provider. We will, increasingly, be the primary care provider.
Rather than simply focusing on getting a degree, McBride said it is increasingly important for nurses and nursing faculty to continually update their education and skills.
Historically, the focus has been on getting degrees, and I think were moving to continuous learning, she said.
This years event also included 15 exhibitors. In addition to Nurse.com, other event sponsors included the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, Loyola Universitys Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Northwestern Medicine, the American Nurses Association Illinois and Resurrection University College of Nursing & College of Allied Health.
John Roszkowski is a regional editor with Nurse.com.