ANA-Illinois hosted its second annual membership assembly Oct. 25 in Naperville, Ill., attended by members and nursing students, according to a news release.
ANA-Illinois President Pam Brown, PhD, RN, ANEF, chaired the business meeting, while Pamela Cipriano PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, president of the American Nurses Association, gave the keynote address. Cipriano spoke about the work going across the state to advance nursing including the Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition and how it ties to the work of the ANA at the national level, according to the release.
Cipriano touched on the Ebola crisis, including the ANA response and resources made available to healthcare professionals online, as well as continued collaboration with government agencies. Cipriano also highlighted the work ANA is doing to raise awareness of safety with its new position paper on nurse fatigue and wellness initiatives such as the online Healthy Nurse risk assessment tool available free at www.anahra.org, according to the release.
The association recognized newly elected 2014 nominating and elections committee members Maria Connolly, PhD, RN, Sam Logan, BSN, RN, Pam Robbins, MSN, RN, Heidi Rogalla, BSN, RN, and Mildred Taylor, DNP, RN.
Focus sessions on care coordination and removing barriers to APN practice were led by Vice President Ann OSullivan, MSN, RN, CNE, Executive Director Susan Y. Swart, MS, RN, CAE, and nurse lobbyist Sue Clark, RN. Members and students began a dialogue and shared their expectations for the future of healthcare delivery, according to the release.
The ANA-Illinois board of directors shared their enthusiasm for the upcoming 2015 legislative session, and discussed opportunities to further collaborate with affiliate organizations, the Illinois Association of School Nurses, Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association, Illinois Society of Advanced Practice Nursing and Philippine Nurses Association of Illinois. The board further encouraged members to continue advancing their education and highlighted educational partners Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing in Quincy, Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais and the University of St. Francis in Joliet, according to the release.
In other recent developments, ANA-Illinois appointed a new board member, due to the resignation of another board member. Alyssa Grzegorzewski, BSN, RN, a staff nurse on a geriatric behavioral health unit at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, was appointed director at large. A graduate of St. Xavier University in Chicago, Grzegorzewski cited several reasons for agreeing to serve on the board.
I feel that I can try and relate with other recent grads who may not be part of the association, or students who may be graduating soon, she said in the release. This may allow these nurses and future nurses to become interested in becoming a member of ANA-Illinois which helps the organization grow, as well as gain more insight for the board into the profession of nursing by reaching nurses of all ages and expertise.