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Janice Albers

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Nursing at McKendree University
With over 30 years of experience in nursing leadership, my mission is to empower nurses to develop leadership skills to not only elevate their practice, but make a difference in the lives of those around them. My areas of practice included community and public health encompassing direct care, leadership, program development, risk management, quality improvement, education, regulatory compliance, strategic planning to name a few. Leadership Population Health Community/Public Health Change Management Program Development Collaborative Healthcare/Collective Impact Nursing Education/Online Course Development
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American Public Health Association
Member and Abstract Reviewer
Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders
Member
Focus on Teaching With Technology Conference (FTTC) Planning Committee - McKendree University Representative
Along with other university and college representatives from throughout the Metro East, serve on the UMSL FTTC planning committee. Subcommittee: Presentation Proposal Review
Sigma Theta Tau - Nursing Honor Society
Serve as Secretary
Phi Kappa Phi
IL Academic - Public Health Partnership
Secured a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant for Student Projects. Conference Planning Committee
Healthcare Foundation
Board Member
Clinton County Health Improvement Coalition
Chair of the coalition encompassing over 30 organizations.
Coaching Fellow - Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
Serve as a coach for individuals throughout the globe participating in the IHI coursework focused on changing healthcare.
Administrator at Clinton County Health Department

Overall administration of the Clinton County Health Department
Credentialed as the Public Health Officer for Clinton County through the State of Illinois
Reported to the Public Health Board and County Board
Developed ordinances in conjunction with the States Attorney
Member of the Illinois Public Health Administrators Association
Member of the Illinois Public Health Association
Financial administration, budget, accounting, billing, and reporting
Fiscal responsibility and deliverable accountability for over 20 Local, State, and Federal grants
Illinois Department of Human Services Intense Audit-no recommendations/infractions - 2014
2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Audit of All Hazards Preparedness Program scored 99/100 - 2014
Secured $40,000 insurance cost savings for Clinton County through use of health department services for county employees
Lead for $300,000 Community Transformation Grant encompassing programming throughout the 13 county Southern Illinois Health and Wellness Consortium 2013 - 2014
Established the Health and Wellness Coalition for Clinton County Employees
Developed a worksite wellness program for Clinton County Employees
Formed the Clinton County Health Improvement Coalition in collaboration with St. Josephs Hospital - 2014
Established two county facilities as Smoke-Free
Established a health department community garden
Staff education and development
Team building
Strategic planning
Quality improvement
Department oversight
Collaboration with community stakeholders
Development of policies, procedures, programs, and job descriptions
Employee enrichment
Coordination with state regulatory bodies and compliance with mandates
Grant writing
Media contact
Emergency preparedness served as Public Information Officer and Incident Commander
Credentialed as an In-Person Assist - 2013
Certified Basset Trainer - 2013

June 2013 - July 2014
Supervisor/Coordinator/Case Manager at Clinton County Health Department

Supervisor May 1999 June 2013
Breastfeeding and APORS Programs
o Program oversight
o Assurance of staff compliance/performance
o Coordination with state regulatory bodies
Peer Counselor Program
o Development of the Peer Counselor (PC) Program
o Supervision of PC Staff
o Interview, counsel, and train PC Staff
o Budget preparation and compliance for the PC Program
Established and revised policies to assure compliance with the rules and regulations of programs
Outreach and coordination services with other health care providers/facilities
Participation in state and regional task forces/work groups
Assured compliance with requirements of grant funding
Grant Writing
IPLAN Committee Member
Emergency Preparedness Leader Role
Liaison for Baby Friendly Initiative through the We Choose Health Grant
Establishment of a Breastfeeding Support Group in conjunction with St. Josephs Hospital
Certified Lactation Counselor 2000-present
WIC Certifying Health Professional 1999 - 2014
Family Case Manager 1999 2014
Credentialed to complete and bill Medicaid EPDST Pediatric Assessments 1999-present
Certified Feeding Cues - 1999

May 1999 - June 2013
Quality Improvement/Education Coordinator at Visiting Nurse Association of Illinois

Quality Improvement/Education Coordinator February 1993 March 1999
Administration of QI/Education/Risk Management programs for 8 branch offices covering 52 counties in Illinois
Direct supervision of three QI Nurses and one Education Nurse
Assured agency compliance with rules and regulations (Medicare, Medicaid, IDPH, OSHA, CLIA, and JCAHO)
Designed and administered staff competency measurements
Developed, reviewed, and assured compliance with agency policies and procedures via observation, audits, and customer feedback
Oversight of risk management functions including Incident Report review and follow-up, management of blood borne pathogen exposures, employee health requirements, and patient complaints
Chaired the Quality Improvement/Risk Management Committee
Agency representative on the Professional Advisory Committee
Chair of the Joint Commission Preparation Committee. Assured that all department heads complied with the preparation specific to their areas
Member of the Strategic Planning Committee and the Senior Administrative Staff
Reported directly to the Executive Director of the organization
Revised the documentation system to reduce duplication and increase staff productivity while maintaining compliance with rules and regulations. Total number of pages required for admission cut by 47% thus, increasing efficiency of the nurses and data entry personnel

February 1993 - March 1999
Branch Manager at Visiting Nurse Association of Illinois

Administration of branch office functions
Overall supervision of nursing staff (number of staff ranged from 8-16 professional nurses)
Assure compliance with patient care standards, policies, and procedures
Training staff and assuring competencies
Coordination with branch offices to assure adequate staffing
Coordination with Human Resources during the hiring and/or termination phase of employment

November 1987 - February 1993
Staff Nurse/Infusion Specialist at Visiting Nurse Association of Illinois

Skilled nursing care for patients in their homes
Adherence to productivity standards
Train other staff in the delivery of infusion services in the home
Documentation consistent with the requirements of the organization

May 1987 - November 1987
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