Julie Bracken is a retired clinical nurse specialist who spent the last portion of her career with Oak Forest Hospital of Cook County in Illinois, where she specialized in emergency trauma care. Today, Ms. Bracken stays active through consulting, mentoring, and her involvement with a number of professional associations. She currently works as a consultant in the information technology department for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, where she provides training and support for nurses, physicians and health care providers whenever there is a change in computer systems or requirements. Additionally, Ms. Bracken is as an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Illinois, where she simultaneously serves as a preceptor and mentor to new nurses pursuing careers in the field. She serves on the advisory board of the Illinois Center for Nursing, and serves as the editor of the newsletter for the Illinois Emergency Nurses Association. Ms. Bracken is also proud of her work with the National Institutes of Health National Heart Attack Alert Program.
Ms. Bracken received a diploma of nursing from Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Center’s School of Nursing in 1977, followed by a Master of Science in Nursing from Rush University in 1987. Ms. Bracken is a certified emergency nurse and licensed trauma nurse specialist as well. She has earned numerous awards and recognitions over the years for her exceptional work in her career.