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CHICAGO – Last week, the Illinois Center for Nursing convened a meeting of Illinois nurses associations to provide an opportunity to introduce Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) Secretary Bryan Schneider and Professional Regulation Director Jay Stewart to the strength and diversity of Illinois’ nursing professionals. Approximately 20 nurses associations were in attendance at the James R. Thompson Center  for the first-ever assembly to give a brief overview of their association, providing insights into practice regulation and department priorities.

IDFPR Nurses Meeting

“The services provided by our nursing community are critical to the well being of Illinois’ citizens,” said Bryan Schneider, IDFPR Secretary.  “Gathering our nursing stakeholders like this is a great way to learn more about the issues impacting nursing so that, as regulators, we foster their ability to practice.”

Secretary Schneider noted that in efforts to provide a more efficient and responsive regulatory experience, IDFPR is implementing a new electronic license renewal notification process. According to Schneider, the move away from the paper-based license renewal notification will save valuable state resources, while providing better service to our licensed professionals.

In an effort to make this transition as smooth as possible, IDFPR is updating its website to collect email addresses and phone numbers of licensees. This information will be used to send Department notifications in the future. In the meantime, the Department is working to enhance its licensee database by collecting email addresses and phone numbers for licensees that have not submitted this information in the past.

A special thanks to the Illinois Nurses Foundation for graciously providing snacks.

    Nurses Associations in attendance included:
    American Assoc Men in Nursing, Great Lakes Chapter
    Chicago Bilingual Nurses Consortium
    Chicago Chapter National Black Nurses Association
    Development Disabilities Nurses Association of IL
    Emergency Nurses Association-Illinois Council
    Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursing
    Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists
    Illinois Association of School Nurses
    Illinois Board of Nursing
    Illinois Community College Deans & Directors
    Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association
    Illinois League for Nursing
    Illinois Nurses Foundation
    Illinois Organization for Associate Degree Nursing
    Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders
    Illinois Public Health Nurse Administrators
    Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing
    International Polish Nurses Association
    National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities
    Philippine Nurses Association of Illinois
    Other Groups in attendance:
    Leading Age Illinois
    Illinois Homecare and Hospice Council