Ellen Durant ’79, ’08

Alumna Ellen Durant ’79, ’08 has been making USF proud ever since she enrolled in the B.S. in Health Arts program. She later returned for an M.S. in Health Services Administration. A now-retired R.N., Durant has a long history of excelling in the medical field and currently serves as the president of the Chicago Chapter National Black Nurses’ Association (CCNBNA), which is dedicated to excellence in nursing services and giving back to the community.

The position represents the culmination of Durant’s many years of service to the organization (she’s a life-long member), as well as the nursing profession and the communities the CCNBNA serves.

Born and raised in Jamaica, Durant attained Certified Psychiatric Nurse status from Bellevue Hospital, attended the University of the West Indies to become a registered general nurse, and completed midwifery at the Kingston Public Hospital. After moving to the U.S., she worked for 10 years as the company nurse at Westinghouse Electric Company and later worked for 15 years as a psychiatric nurse consultant to John H. Stroger, Jr. General Hospital/Cook County Hospital. She also attended USF, and extends thanks to professors Dr. Bob Behling, Dr. Susan Stowe and Dr. Debra Bacharz for helping her though her time at USF.

“Each of these people provided me with extraordinary support and motivation,” she noted.

Upon her retirement, Durant accumulated an impressive 45 total years of nursing service in a wide spectrum of nursing areas. Now, as the president of the CCNBNA, she’s helping other nurses strive for excellence and nurturing young nurses to become future leaders. After all, it was her desire to serve others that led her to the nursing profession, and helping other nurses reach their full potential continues to prove Durant’s dedication to others.

Durant’s advice for nursing majors? “Be diligent and determined.”

For more information on the CCNBNA, visit chicagochapternbna.org.