Application Deadline December 15
Registration Fee $1,015 - covers all four conference sessions, materials, breaks, lunches, and Continuing Education Hours
You will receive an invoice only after you've been selected.
Dates Participants are expected to attend 4 sessions consisting of 1.5 conference days each.

Session 1: February 22 & 23
Session 2: June 21 & 22
Session 3: August 2 & 3
Session 4: October 18 & 19
Location Session 1: Courtyard by Marriott Bloomington Normal
Sessions 2, 3 & 4: Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois

Download the Fellowship Brochure for more details.



The Illinois Nurse Leader Fellowship is a program dedicated to the development and support of managers and new directors from diverse practice environments throughout the state. Incorporating education, mentoring, and networking, the fellowship is designed to build and enhance leadership skills and competencies.

The 2018 program will consist of four in-person, interactive sessions and independent work, including a project in the workplace, from March - October. Upon completion, graduates agree to serve as mentors to future participants.

All candidates for the Illinois Nursing Leadership Fellowship must be nominated by the Chief Nursing Officer (or designee) of their employing organization. It is strongly recommended that organizations send two participants so that a team approach may be utilized.

The Illinois Nursing Leadership Fellowship is an initiative of the Ilinois Healthcare Action Coalition (IHAC), co-led by the the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders, American Nurses Association of Illinois, and Illinois Center for Nursing.

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Dr. Shelly Malin, Dr. Melinda Noonan, Dr. Cecilia Wendler (2016 faculty), Dr. Janet Krejci


Questions? Please contact IONL Headquarters at info@ionl.org or 312.265.3927.

Frequently Asked Questions

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IONL Fellows

2017 Fellow Roster


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2016 Nursing Leader Fellows

2014-2015 Nursing Leader Fellows

2015 Nursing Leader Fellows

2013-2014 Nursing Leader Fellows

2014 Nursing Leader Fellows

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