Helpful Links

Helpful Links


American Association of Colleges of Nursing 

Addresses concerns related to national issues, content, and quality in baccalaureate and higher education in nursing.  Will perform commissioned data collection from among member schools, for member schools and for a fee.

American Association of Nurses – Illinois 

ANA-Illinois is the professional association for registered nurses in Illinois and the state partner to the national American Nurses Association (ANA). Their goal is to build a community of nurses dedicated to advancing their profession and providing safe, affordable healthcare.

Illinois Board of Nursing (under Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation) 

Executes state regulation of nursing practice and education in Illinois. Controls individual licensure and eligibility to write the NCLEX-RN (and NCLEX-PN) exams. Provides approval for schools of nursing with the state to operate.

Illinois Center for Nursing 

Established as part of an overall strategy to produce more highly-skilled nursing professionals to meet the health care needs in Illinois. The ICN works with industry professionals and educational institutions to ensure that Illinois has the nursing workforce necessary to meet the demands of a growing and aging population.

Illinois Nurses Association 

A union for nurses in Illinois. Represents nurses in negotiating collective bargaining agreements with employers.

Illinois Nurses Foundation 

The purpose of the Foundation is to collaborate with community partners in promoting the health of the public by supporting nurses through charitable, research, and educational initiatives. Accepts donations in support of Illinois nursing.


The mission of the Illinois Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (IOADN) is to promote the value of associate degree nursing education and practice through collaboration and advocacy, and strive to ensure excellence in the future of health care and professional nursing practice in the state of Illinois.

Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders (IONL)

IONL provides direction for achievement of excellence in nursing leadership at all levels of nursing, across the continuum of health care. IONL promotes professional leadership development, provides tools and resources and creates intentional networking. IONL is an affiliate of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).

National League for Nursing 

For concerns related to national issues, content, and quality in all levels of nursing education programs, from LPN to PhD, and nursing education-focused research.