Celebrating the Year of the Nurse in 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the year 2020 as The Year of the Nurse and Midwife in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

During this year of recognition, Resurrection University will celebrate our own community of nurses with events and activities honoring our faculty, students and partners. And we invite you to join us!

More information to follow soon!

Featured Nurse of the Month

January’s Nurse of the Month: Dr. Reem Azhari

Dr. Azhari began her healthcare career as an operating room nurse. But as she gained experience building teams of different medical professionals, she found herself pulled into more managerial, administrative, and executive roles. Dr. Azhari says that her administrative experience, particularly her interest in leadership and development, led naturally to teaching.

While working at Resurrection Medical Center, Dr. Azhari created a program to educate OR nurses—an effort that resulted in her transitioning into her current position as Resurrection University’s first Endowed Chair of Interprofessional Education. Dr. Azhari aims not only to build the school’s IPE scholars program, which graduates nursing and health sciences students ready to enter the workforce in situations demanding collaborative practice; she also seeks to weave interprofessional education throughout the curriculum as a whole, from the bachelor’s through the doctoral level.

In addition to her commitment to interprofessional education, Dr. Azhari is dedicated to educating students about and meeting the needs of vulnerable populations. Part of this interest has involved serving two terms as Director of International Health for the United Nations Association-Greater Chicago Chapter, as well as her current role as the faculty advisor for the ResU-United Nations Association. She has also been involved with medical and peace missions in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and the Philippines.

Dr. Azhari was also featured in ResU’s “Amazing Campaign,” with her photo displayed on billboards, buses, and bus shelters all over the city. You can also hear her insights on our Thinking Out Loud podcast this month in a conversation about interprofessional education and its impact on reducing medical mistakes.

Dr. Azhari holds a MSN from Saint Xavier University and a PhD in organizational leadership from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Yolanda A. Coleman, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Resurrection University, is an influential leader in the healthcare industry. She is the System Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at Sinai Health System and previously served as the Senior Director of Patient Care Services at Saint Anthony Hospital, the Director of Patient Care of Walter Payton Liver Center and Transplant/Surgical Services at UI Health, and Administrative Director for Loyola Health.

Dr. Coleman uses her talents and skills to create life changing moments in people’s lives. She is passionate about caring for others and making a difference in the community, especially by helping underserved communities and providing expertise to guide healthcare legislation. While maintaining a balance as a mom, professional nurse leader, and educator, Dr. Coleman serves her community through teaching, and by mentoring young girls and women. One of her other passions is helping those affected by gun violence. Dr. Coleman supports a healthcare scholarship each year, sponsored by a foundation started by her family, for those affected by gun violence in Chicago.

She explained, “Each day, I am thankful for my family, peers, and employees who keep me motivated to continue to pursue service and excellence. Advanced education is something so worthwhile that I’ve invested my life in it.”

Dr. Coleman has several years of experience as a critical care nurse, and later became a nurse consultant for infection control at UI Health. She graduated from Marquette University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology and a minor in Chemistry. She received her Master’s in Nursing from DePaul University, where she is on the Executive Board for the Black Alumni Association. Dr. Coleman also serves on the EZ Taylor Scholarship Foundation, the Illinois Nurse Leader Association, and the All Nations COGIC boards. In 2012, Dr. Coleman received her Doctorate in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she focused on breast cancer research. She also volunteered at Susan G. Komen for the Cure and has been invited as a guest speaker for several other organizations. In 2015, Dr. Coleman received a Leadership Award from the Chicago Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association and, in 2018, she received the Illinois Nurses’ Association Community Nurse Leader award. Dr. Coleman was also selected as the Vice President of UIC College of Nursing Alumni Board in January 2020. She is a certified Nurse Executive and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.