RIC's Chief Nurse Executive, Laura Ferrio, Appointed to the Illinois Board of Nursing - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Published on December 18, 2007

RIC's Chief Nurse Executive, Laura Ferrio, Appointed to the Illinois Board of Nursing

Laura Ferrio

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the first rehabilitation hospital in the country to achieve Magnet status, today announced the appointment of Laura Ferrio, RN, MSN, MBA, CRRN, vice president of Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive (CNE), to the Illinois Board of Nursing by Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich.

The Illinois Board of Nursing makes recommendations on the adoption of revisions to the rules and regulations of the Illinois Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Act (INAPNA) developed in 1998 which includes regulatory requirements for any individual to comply with in order to be licensed to practice nursing in Illinois.

As one of 13 board members, Ferrio will conduct hearings and disciplinary conferences upon charges calling for discipline of a nursing license and recommend, approve and deny nursing education programs for the state.

“Laura Ferrio is an extremely talented and dedicated professional who has set the standard in rehabilitation nursing through her work at RIC for more than 20 years,” said Joanne C. Smith, MD, president and CEO of RIC. “Under her leadership, RIC was the country’s first free-standing rehabilitation hospital to achieve Magnet status, which recognizes RIC’s nursing excellence nationally. Laura’s contributions have supported RIC’s ability to achieve its vision to make significant differences in the lives of people with disabilities and I am confident she will make a similar impact for the state through her position on the Illinois Board of Nurses.”

While serving on the board, Ferrio will retain her duties at RIC overseeing the delivery of quality nursing care to patients and their families. She works directly with clinical and operational leadership to develop and implement advanced treatment programs and ensure consistent, high-quality nursing training requirements and practice standards throughout the RIC system of care.

Additionally, Ferrio has been instrumental in leading the organization’s Health Information System (HIS) transition to an advanced, state-of-the- art HIS designed and implemented by a team of RIC clinical care providers and Cerner Corp.

Ferrio earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Northern Illinois University and a dual degree of Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in nursing administration from Chicago's Loyola University. She is also a graduate of the Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellows Program for Nurse Executives and belongs to the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, the Chicago Metropolitan Nurse Executives and the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders. She is a founding member of the Illinois Coalition for Nursing Resources, a statewide initiative focused on alleviating the nursing shortage. She joined RIC as a staff nurse in 1986.

About The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is making a difference in the world for people with disabilities.  RIC provides world-class care to patients from around the globe for a range of conditions from acute brain and spinal cord injury to chronic arthritis, pain and sports injuries.  RIC, founded in 1954, has been designated the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991 and attributes its leading standard of care in part to its innovative research and discovery, particularly in the areas of bionic medicine, robotics, neural regeneration, pain care and better outcomes. RIC operates its 165-bed, flagship hospital in downtown Chicago, as well as a network of 30 sites of care located throughout the city and surrounding suburbs that provide additional inpatient care, day rehabilitation and outpatient services. RIC also maintains strategic alliances with leading healthcare providers throughout the state of Illinois and north central Indiana.