Illinois Nurses Foundation Programs


By providing scientific and educational opportunities and resources, the Illinois Nurses Foundation achieves its mission to enhance the development of Illinois nurses and further the nursing profession. INF offers scholarships to nursing students.

our scholarships ›


The Illinois Nurses Foundation funds grants to registered professional nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, and nursing students to advance professional nursing practice; enhance safe, quality patient care; and promote innovative solutions.

our grants ›

The Nursing Voice

The Foundation partners with Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency to produce our quarterly publication that is distributed to all licensed registered nurses in the state. Each issue contains content written by nurses that is relevant to nurses on a local, state and national basis.

Article Submission Guidelines 2022

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Educational Programs

Since education is a tenet of our mission, the Illinois Nurses Foundation partners with various nursing associations in Illinois to provide diverse educational programs with the goal of transforming healthcare delivery in Illinois.

CE Self Study

Earn continuing education credits through our certified program. 

Honor a Nurse Program

This program gives individuals an opportunity to honor a nurse who has inspired them, mentored them, or fought for the advancement of the profession, stood by them, or who deserves recognition for their commitment to their patients, and the work nurses do every day.

Nurses in Need Initiative

On an individual basis and in response to extreme need situations (i.e., natural disasters) the INF provides relief funds based on the Board’s review and approval of each situation.


Mother Bickerdyke Award

This award honors a nurse(s) who supports the true spirit of Illinois nursing by preserving its’ history, performing exceptional selfless work for Illinois citizens and exhibiting unparalleled leadership qualities of compassion and dedication.

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Anne Zimmerman Fellowship

To honor Anne Zimmerman’s memory and keep alive her spirit of commitment to promoting leadership within nursing associations, the Anne Zimmerman Fellowship was created.

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Celebration of Nursing – Year in Review

This book celebrates the successes of the Foundation and serves as an annual report to the nursing community about our activities. In this publication, we also spotlight the top five nurses honored in our Honor a Nurse program and name the Nurse of the Year.

2022 Annual Report 
2021 Annual Report

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