Ovations: A Celebration of Long Term Care Nurses

A Special Event

Each year, the Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA) and LTCNA host a special event to honor long term care nursing professionals. Ovations: A Celebration of Long Term Care Nurses, a ticketed event, is held during the Annual IHCA Convention & Expo. It includes a keynote address chosen to inspire, motivate and/or entertain attendees and the presentation of the Annual LTCNA Nursing Awards. This year Ovations will be held Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at the President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree Hotel in Springfield. Nursing Award nominees receive a complimentary ticket to attend the event. Guests may purchase a ticket through IHCA. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Caldwell, Director of Education and Program Development at acaldwell@ihca.com.

Keynote Speaker

For over twenty years, Bobbe White has been an empowerment expert, author, speaker, and Certified Laughter Leader Expert (Seriously!). She helps organizations incorporate more humor to better manage stress in the workplace, home place, or any place!

White’s background includes forty years in banking and corporate training. Her very first job was managing the swim facility at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida, where she was the “swim pro.” (Like a golf pro, but with more water and less money!)

“Go ahead…laugh at work. It works!” was the theme that intrigued the business world. Bobbe was interviewed various major publications. Everyone wanted to learn how to laugh again! She has traveled the country, in all directions, to dispense her fun, yet functional, presentation!

Bobbe is married with two children. They live in Quincy, Illinois.

When not speaking or writing, you’ll find Bobbe at the gym, on a yoga mat, golf course, or walking her newest laughter and therapeutic tool, Snow White, the black Lab. (It was either that or Betty White.)

Nursing Awards

Nominations are now being accepted!!

The Annual LTCNA Nursing Awards Program recognizes outstanding CNAs, MDS Coordinators, Nurses and DONs who have proven to be dedicated, hardworking and compassionate while caring for facility residents in an ever-changing long term care environment.

Program Details

  • Nominees must be employed at an IHCA member center (SNF, AL/SLP or ID/DD) to be considered.
  • Each member center that submits a nomination(s) must designate ONE contact for all of their nominations. 
  • All nominees will receive a certificate recognizing their achievement.
  • Facilities are welcome (and encouraged!!) to submit multiple nominations.
  • The LTCNA Nursing Awards will be presented at Ovations: A Celebration of Long Term Care Nurses during IHCA’s Annual Convention & Expo.
  • A list of nominees, as well as information about the chosen winners, will be featured in IHCA publications, and on our websites and/or social media pages.
  • Press releases will be sent to local media outlets announcing the winners.

Click here to view the 2023 nomination forms.

Click here to submit your nominations online.

 Simulation Mannequin Training for Nurses

The Long Term Care Nurses Association has purchased a simulation mannequin and will bring it to your facility for training. 

Be Prepared for the New Requirements of Participation Competency Regulations 

The Long Term Care Nurses Association is offering simulation competency programs to licensed nurses around the state! 

Two options are available!

  • Year-long training ($2000) - You receive 24 hours of simulation training during the year. This is normally divided up into one 6-hour training day per quarter.
  • A la carte ($750) - You receive one 6-hour training day 

You can choose from one of the training modules listed below, or LTCNA will customize a training to fit your needs! 

 Education Modules

  1. Head to toe assessment
  2. Change in condition assessment
    1. CHF
    2. COPD
    3. Sepsis
    4. Pneumonia
  3. Focused Assessments
    1. Based on admitting diagnosis or current concern
    2. Pneumonia
    3. Post-surgical
    4. Post exacerbation of chronic disease
    5. Post fall
    6. Neurological
  4. Respiratory Assessment
  5. IV therapy
  6. Urinary catheterization
  7. New orientee (will be offered at a later date) 

Contact Ashley Caldwell at acaldwell@ihca.com for details.


Click here to view upcoming IHCA seminars 

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