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IONL Holds Annual Conference in Lisle, IL, Commemorates 40th Anniversary

Thursday, October 5, 2017  

On September 21 and 22, the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders (IONL) held its Annual Conference in Lisle, Illinois. Forward-thinking speakers explored the theme “Breaking the Status Quo: Innovations and Transformations” while commemorating the 40th anniversary of the organization.

Since its founding as the Illinois Society for Nurse Administrators in 1977, IONL has evolved to be the standard-bearer for excellence in education, mentorship and networking opportunities for all nurses in Illinois. The events at this year’s Annual Conference confirmed the organization’s crucial role in advancing nursing leadership in Illinois.

During the conference, presentations touched on a range of topics related to the latest developments in healthcare and leadership. Keynote presentations from Therese Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN, Donna Hartley and Jan McInnis explored the ways in which nurses can use and develop their skills to advance their careers and the nursing profession as a whole. IONL Award Winner Jennifer Grenier, DNP, RN-BC presented on The Surplus Project, a program she developed at Rush University Medical Center to aid food insecure patients.

At a special celebration to commemorate its 40th anniversary, IONL brought together four speakers past leadership roles within the organization to speak on the contributions that IONL has made to nursing in Illinois. Jill Mason, MS, RN, Corinne Haviley, PhD, MS, RN, Trish Anen, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, and Jane Llwellyn, PhD, RN touched on themes of courage, compassion, creativity and collaboration in four memorable presentations.

In conjunction with its anniversary celebrations, IONL launched a new awards program to highlight outstanding healthcare professionals and their contributions to nursing. We would like to specially recognize this year’s winners:

Community Effort Award: Jennifer Grenier, DNP, RN-BC. Awarded to an individual who demonstrated effort and service by impacting their facility, community or the nursing profession as a whole.

Emerging Leader Award: Raphael Parayo, BSN, RN. Awarded to an individual new to the leadership experience who has embraced their time as a new leader by seeking new opportunities and constant improvement.

Most Valuable Member: Sharon Rangel, MSN, MBA, RN. Awarded to an individual who has made a positive impact on the nursing world through their contributions to IONL.

Mentorship Award: Julie Lopez, DNP, RN, NE-BC. Awarded to an individual who champions positive culture, build trust and inspires others to always do their absolute best.

IONL is grateful for the efforts of all those involved in the planning and execution of the Annual Conference, as it was a standout success this year and a true capstone to a year of anniversary celebrations. 2018 promises to be another great year for IONL, with new benefits like free digital education for all members and more educational opportunities. Mark your calendars for the Mid-Year Conference, April 27, 2018 in Springfield, Illinois and the Annual Conference, September 20-21, 2018 in Oak Brook, Illinois.


IONL Award Winners at the 40th Anniversary Celebration


IONL's 2017 Board at the Annual Conference

See more photos from the conference on IONL's Facebook page.


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