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2016 ANA-Illinois Candidates Announced

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The election for the 2015 ANA-Illinois Officers and Directors will be held online September 15, 2016 thru September 30, 2016.

The election will be conducted by Election America. Watch your email and the ANA-Illinois website www.ana-illinois.org for the additional details.

HERE ARE YOUR CANDIDATES:

Vice President

Ann O’Sullivan

Ann O’Sullivan
MSN, RN, CNE, CE-BC, ANEF

I have had the privilege of serving as Vice-President of ANA-Illinois for the past three years. I am excited to continue to serve for the next 2 years in order to advance the mission of ANA-Illinois. I can provide proven leadership to accomplish our Strategic Plan and to create innovative solutions to health care issues and the professional growth and development of nurses. I believe we are strongest when we partner with all nurses, nursing associations and other constituencies in advocating for nurses and the public.

Over the past three years I have had the honor of serving as Chair of the ANA-Illinois Expert Panel on Scope of Practice, whose work was recently published in the June issue of The Voice. I am a representative of ANA-Illinois on the Illinois Coalition of Nursing Organizations Steering committee which is developing proposed changes in the Illinois Nurse Practice Act where I chaired the group on Scope of Practice and Delegation. At the ANA level, I served as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Professional Issues Panel on Workplace Violence and Incivility and on the Steering Committee on the Professional Issues Panel on Barriers to Scope of Practice. I co-authored articles on the findings and recommendations on Barriers to Scope of Practice in the September issue of The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing (OJIN). In addition, I served as an ANA representative on the national Tri-Council committee which developed a Scope of Nursing Practice Decision-Making Framework.

I am committed to increasing the number and engagement of nurses in ANA-Illinois; stimulating and disseminating nurse-focused innovations and best practices; positioning nurses as integral partners in consumers’ health; and advocating for nurses to practice to their full scope of practice.

NURSES MUST BECOME A POWERFUL UNIFIED FORCE IN ENGAGING AND TRANSFORMING HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE

Treasurer

Pam Brown

Pam Brown
PhD, RN, ANEF

I am a long time member of our professional organization. I have served as President, as a director at large and as treasurer. I currently serve as the board appointed treasurer and as Chair of the Bylaws Committee. I am also a participant in expert panels. I bring experience as a leader, and dedication to the profession of nursing. If elected I would actively participate as an officer and be transparent in reporting the fiscal position of our organization. In the next two years, I believe the Finance Committee needs to develop key financial policies and a five-year projected budget to align with ANA-IL's strategic plan.

Director at Large - 3 to be elected

Karen Egenes

Karen Egenes
PhD, RN

I have had the honor of serving as a member of the Board of Directors since the inception of ANA Illinois in 2013. Since that time, I have worked with fellow board members to increase Association's involvement in advocacy, political action, and increased professionalism. Presently, I serve as chair of the ANA-Illinois Political Action Committee. Because a registered nurse has never before been elected to the Illinois General Assembly, this has become our goal. We have also worked to ensure that the Illinois Nurse Practice Act will best represent the practice and interests of nurses in our state. If re-elected to the Board of Directors, I would continue to Association's focus on policy and work with members the Illinois legislature to promote the best interest of nursing in Illinois. Further, I would continue the Association's progress in becoming the true voice of nursing in Illinois

Lisa J Woodward

Lisa J Woodward
DNP, RN

The nursing profession is on the cusp of change across the nation. The opportunity in front of our profession is profound and we must, as nursing leaders, embrace and impassion others to be in the forefront and lead change. During these challenging times, ANA-Illinois must be engaged at the local and state level, ensuring that the diverse voice of nurses across the state is both heard and represented. The membership efforts must continue and increase in a grassroots fashion to engage the diverse nursing population across the state including the new graduate, both aspiring and seasoned nurse leaders, and those nurses who may not yet recognize the influence that ANA-Illinois has on the nursing profession. Promoting ideas that are creative and atypical are imperative to lead nursing into the 21st century.

Memberships and experiences include: Illinois-ANA, IONL, ANA, AONE - PAC committee member and past CENP review course committee member, TONE (Texas) Board of Directors, Texas Team Action Coalition South Texas Lead, TNA PAC committee member, TNA District 26 President and Texas Team Choosing Wisely Steering Committee Co- Chair.

Crystal Vasquez

Crystal Vasquez
DNP, MS, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CPHIMS

My name is Crystal Vasquez, and I have been a registered nurse for thirty years. My areas of expertise include Critical Care and the Emergency Department, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Informatics. I have worked in academic medical centers, ambulatory care, the pharmaceutical industry and in education.

I am interested in helping the ANA-IL board continue the great work of standing up for nurses to make a difference in their work environments, to advocate for nurses to practice at the top of the scope of their license, supporting continued education, professional development and many other platforms. I have experienced advocating for nurses with our legislature and understand the importance of understanding the issues activating our nurses and Communicating our messages to influence policies that benefit nurses and our patients. I currently serve on the policy committee for ANAIL where I have the opportunity to collaborate with other nurses to provide feedback for policies and position statements based on evidence. I have experience with leading and participating on several committees in academic hospitals and professional associations. All of my committee experiences have provided me the opportunity to increase awareness of the agendas, advocate and improve outcomes.

I am confident that I can help the ANA-IL continue its mission advocating for nurses. I will do what is in the best interest of nurses to help them achieve at the highest possible level. I will partner with the administration, members, and legislators to push nurses’ agenda and bring awareness to social justice issues that impact nurses. I know there is a lot of work to do considering the future of nurses. However, I am inspired and willing to do my part to spread the good news about this profession, encourage, and advocate for nurses to have a voice and make decisions about their practice. I understand that associations must manage budget challenges and support key initiatives that place pressure on budgets. I hope to help the ANA-IL be fiscally responsible in its decision-making and will be supportive of fundraising activities as needed.

Christine Gill

Christine Gill
MPA, BSN, RN

Many years ago, I decided to go into nursing for the money and then discovered a passion for it. I have been a nurse over 23 years and continue to grow on a personal and professional level each and every day. I started as an Associate degree nurse and then continued my education in management. Recently I returned back to school for my BSN, which gave me insight into the importance of evidence based practice and research based nursing.

I have a diverse background in my career to include emergency care, prison, clinic, tele-health, telemetry and cardiac catheterization lab. I have worked many different positions and shifts which allows me insight into the various emotions other nurses may be feeling. Because of my background, I am able to relate to others and motivate them into being the best nurse they can be. The ANA – IL is solid organization and being a representative will allow me to connect and shape the future of nursing in positive steps forward.

Pam Di Vito-Thomas

Pam Di Vito-Thomas
PhD, RN, CNE

We in Nursing are like lamplighters who are known by the trails of light we have left behind, and are forging upward and onward to light the way for an evidence-based practice. We can let others light their candles on our knowledge by being at and leading interdisciplinary teams for patient-centered care. And, I would hope to share my past, present, and future nursing education and experiences as a nurse, nurse educator, nurse administrator, nurse author, and nurse researcher for service to the ANA Illinois membership. With consistency and purpose, I will do my best to be useful and devoted to our cause for success. Thank You.

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis
DNP, CNL, RN-C MNN

Over the past year I have become involved at the National level serving as the New RN On-Line Community Manager. Through this position, I have learned about the valuable resources which the ANA provides at both the state and national level for both seasoned and new graduate nurses. I firmly believe that as a "seasoned" nurse it is my responsibility to assist with the on boarding and transition of new nurses both into their organization and the profession by serving as a role model.

Bonnie Salvetti

Bonnie Salvetti
BSN, RN

I would like to continue the work in ANA-Illinois towards advancing nursing's involvement within nursing through out the state, and national nursing affairs.

Objectives:

Further nursing's value and understanding of how each other has a role to further the work towards completion of patients/family "cycle of care" needs.

Promote advocacy and understanding of patients’ diverse "self-determination" needs.

Advocate legislation towards multi-state licensure, and further understanding of nursing's role as an essential healthcare partner, for any healthcare discussion, within any setting.

Nominations Committee - 3 to be elected

Maria A. Connolly

Maria A. Connolly
PhD, CNE, ANEF, FCCM

Maria Connolly has been in nursing education for several decades teaching in the classroom and online graduate and undergraduate courses in a variety of subject areas including critical care nursing. She has written book chapters and over 30 articles in professional journals on various topics in nursing education, respiratory conditions, ventilator issues and chest x-ray interpretation techniques. Her research in respiratory critical care resulted in her Fellowship in the College of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM). She has been a career-long active, contributing member of number of advisory boards, past national board member of American Association of Critical Care, founding member of the Respiratory Nursing Society, officer/president of chapters, and nursing professional organizations including the American Nurses Association-IL's Illinois Nurses Foundation, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), (past Chair of the Illinois Association Colleges of Nursing), National League for Nursing, Society of Critical Care Medicine and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Presently, she is an adjunct professor of nursing at Loyola University Chicago's Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and serves as a consultant/evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Recently, she has served as a HRSA reviewer for Rural Health Care grants and in the past, FDA Center for Drug & Evaluation Research (CDER).

Currently, she is the Chairperson of ANA-IL's Nominating Committee and is prepared to serve for another term as a member of this committee to recruit new leaders to energize the relatively new ANA-IL organization.

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis
DNP, CNL, RN-C MNN

Over the past year I have become involved at the National level serving as the New RN On-Line Community Manager. Through this position, I have learned about the valuable resources which the ANA provides at both the state and national level for both seasoned and new graduate nurses. I firmly believe that as a "seasoned" nurse it is my responsibility to assist with the on boarding and transition of new nurses both into their organization and the profession by serving as a role model.

ANA Representative to the ANA Membership Assembly - 1 to be elected

Ann O’Sullivan

Ann O’Sullivan
MSN, RN, CNE, CE-BC, ANEF

I have had the privilege of serving as Vice-President of ANA-Illinois for the past three years. I am excited to continue to serve for the next 2 years in order to advance the mission of ANA-Illinois. I can provide proven leadership to accomplish our Strategic Plan and to create innovative solutions to health care issues and the professional growth and development of nurses. I believe we are strongest when we partner with all nurses, nursing associations and other constituencies in advocating for nurses and the public.

Over the past three years I have had the honor of serving as Chair of the ANA-Illinois Expert Panel on Scope of Practice, whose work was recently published in the June issue of The Voice. I am a representative of ANA-Illinois on the Illinois Coalition of Nursing Organizations Steering committee which is developing proposed changes in the Illinois Nurse Practice Act where I chaired the group on Scope of Practice and Delegation. At the ANA level, I served as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Professional Issues Panel on Workplace Violence and Incivility and on the Steering Committee on the Professional Issues Panel on Barriers to Scope of Practice. I co-authored articles on the findings and recommendations on Barriers to Scope of Practice in the September issue of The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing (OJIN). In addition, I served as an ANA representative on the national Tri-Council committee which developed a Scope of Nursing Practice Decision-Making Framework.

I am committed to increasing the number and engagement of nurses in ANA-Illinois; stimulating and disseminating nurse-focused innovations and best practices; positioning nurses as integral partners in consumers’ health; and advocating for nurses to practice to their full scope of practice.

NURSES MUST BECOME A POWERFUL UNIFIED FORCE IN ENGAGING AND TRANSFORMING HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE

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