Susana González, MSN, MHA, RN, CNML
Associate Dean of Nursing at Instituto del Progreso Latino, Chicago
Membership Committee Chair

Susana González is the Associate Dean of Nursing for an innovative initiative from Instituto del Progreso Latino in Chicago. Instituto has embarked on a new vision of higher learning for the community it serves. Its
mission is to contribute to the fullest development of Latino immigrants and their families through education, training, and employment that fosters full participation in the changing U.S. society while preserving cultural identity and dignity. The first program for that vision will be an Associate’s Degree in Nursing.

She is a special consultant for providing educational and training services for ASI Home Care Agency of Choice.  Recently; Susana worked with a private sector College of Nursing. In this role she was responsible for developing and leading the central operations of the campus that supported Academics, Simulation Learning Center, and a Center for Academic Success, all clinical coordination and clinical partnership development and placement services for faculty and students.   

Throughout her career Susana, has been role model for servant leadership and she served on numerous committees and boards of key organizations on  local, state and national levels. She continues to be at the forefront on health care issues for women, infants, children, and the nursing profession. She is active on several advisory committees for elected officials in the State of Illinois and she is an exemplar advocate for public policy changes especially in the profession of diversity and inclusion in nursing and higher education. She also is an exemplar role model and mentor to aspiring nurses who seek a healthcare career by guiding and supporting novice nurses with time management skills and helping them find ways to deal with the stresses inherent within the profession and developing their life goals. She takes it as an opportunity to make a difference in the mind and skill set within the nursing profession. A most recent service is her volunteerism on several medical missions on the island of Puerto Rico post Hurricane Maria.

Susana has served on several boards of directors; such as the March of Dimes-Chicago, Mujeres Latinas en Accion, the Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium. She is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses-Illinois as the Immediate-Past President and serves as a National Association of Hispanic Nurses national board member where she co-chaired the National Policy and Advocacy Committee. She is an active member of Illinois HealthCare Action Coalition and the American Nurses Association-Illinois. In addition, she serves as a member of the Illinois Organization of Nurse leaders and Co-Chaired Policy & Advocacy Committee.

Susana has received numerous nominations, recognitions, and awards for her compassionate volunteer work. To highlight a few: The regional Volunteerism and Service Award from Nursing Spectrum, Mujeres Latinas en Acción- Community Service Award, Illinois Maternal Child Health Coalition; Loretta Lacey Award, MacNeal Nursing Excellence Community Service Award, ASPIRA Excellence in Health Award, March of Dimes Outstanding Nurse of the year award, Windy City Woman of Color- Educator and Advocate Award, Chicago Latino in Philanthropy Award, and Infant Welfare Society Nursing Director of the year. She has been profiled on WLS-TV Channel 7 during Hispanic Heritage Month. She has received the National Association of Hispanic Nurses -Community Service Award and the March of Dimes-Jonas Salk, Nurse of the Year for her commitment to service. She was just named Nurse of the Year for the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and Ambassador of the year for 2018.

 Susana is well prepared educationally with dual Master degrees MSN and MHA from the University of Phoenix. Susana has led a professional and personal commitment to serve and improve the quality of life for all she encounters. She is a life role model for nursing education and community servant leadership. On a personal note: She lives by the philosophy that if there is something she can do for you now, then let it be so. For, we may not walk this path again.

For more information about Susana, read her professional CV.