on faculty since 2013
M.S.N., University of Phoenix Online, Phoenix, Arizona, 2008
B.S.N., Saint Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois, 1997
Luke 18:27 reads, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” This verse has been proven true to Janet Chaney many times throughout her nursing career, and has made a large impression on the way she views nursing.
Chaney felt called to become a nurse early on in her life, not to heal the sick on her own, but as she puts it, “to be an assistant to God’s healing power.” Her 16 years of nursing and teaching experience reaffirmed the idea that nurses are part of something much bigger than themselves.
“I believe that a nurse is an instrument of God. By teaching future nurses, I can prepare them to be shepherds to all people, just as Christ taught us to serve.”
Chaney’s position as an educator allows her to prepare nursing students in both scientific knowledge and their spiritual life.
“I can be his instrument in the classroom to help the students to realize God’s presence in them as they strive to achieve their goals,” Chaney said. “It is my responsibility to ensure that they realize that they, too, are instruments of God and that it is only by his grace that the sick will be healed.”
Chaney’s career path has involved working as a nurse, an associate professor at Joliet Junior College, a critical care educator, a nursing supervisor, and a professor of nursing at the Breckinridge School of Nursing at ITT Technical Institute. These experiences in nursing have given her a unique perspective and a grateful attitude.
“Every day that we wake up is a new beginning, and a blessing from God. In the nursing field, the miracle of life and good health is so obviously precious when compared to the sick and injured patients that we serve with God’s help. We need to take time to reflect and give thanks to God for the blessings he gives, and the help he provides.”