Power of Nursing Leadership (PNL) 2014 - Thursday, November 6, 2014


Pinnacle Award Winners: Dr. Elaine Graf (SAGE Award), Dr. Michelle Janney (Joan L. Shaver Award Recipient), Dean Terri Weaver & Dr. Mariann Piano (SAGE Award)

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing hosted its 17th annual Power of Nursing Leadership Event on November 6th in Chicago. Almost 500 nurse leaders from throughout Illinois attended to connect with their peers.

"In this era of health care challenges, it is more important than ever to recognize strong nursing leadership", says Terri E. Weaver, Dean of the UIC College of Nursing.  "The Power of Nursing Leadership Event is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of the most outstanding nurse-leaders who are shaping health care throughout Illinois", Weaver said.

Several awards were presented at the event. The Joan L. Shaver Illinois Nurse Leader Award recognized Dr. Michelle Janney, Senior Vice President and Wood-Prince Family Chief Nurse Executive from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.  This award is given to an outstanding nurse leader who is highly influential in shaping quality health care in Illinois through hard work, dedication, supremely skilled leadership, and the courage to break through barriers.

Another award offered each year is the SAGE Award which recognizes nurses who have made a significant impact on the lives and careers of others through their actions as role models, facilitators and mentors. Recipients of the SAGE Award were Dr. Elaine Graf who is the Research and Funding Coordinator for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Dr. Mariann Piano who is Department Head and Professor in Biobehavioral Health Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing.

Pinnacle Leader Awards were presented to 27 extraordinary nurses selected and recognized by their peers. 

The day’s Mary Mullane Keynote Speaker was Angela Barton McBride, a renowned women’s health researcher in the areas of psychology of parenthood and psychiatric nursing. McBride is distinguished professor and dean emerita at the Indiana University School of Nursing. She brought her leadership experience as well as her extensive scholarship in leadership development to the day’s keynote address. McBride has more than 300 publications, including books and articles in top nursing journals.

Dr. McBride has served as president of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing; the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration; on the advisory committee of NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health; and as president of the American Academy of Nursing. She has received numerous honors throughout her career, including election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and designation as a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing.

Another celebratory PNL event!

Insite the Hilton, large spread of tables with people looking at speaker on the podium
Another amazing turnout for the Power of Nursing Leadership event hosted at the Chicago Hilton


Thursday, November 6, 2014

The premier gathering that brings together hundreds of nurse leaders each year to celebrate and showcase the impact of nurses in shaping health care to meet the needs of the people of Illinois.

Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605