Okuno-Jones ’86 Named Distinguished Nursing Alumna
Sept. 13, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Susan Okuno-Jones ’86 will be honored with the Illinois Wesleyan
University School of Nursing’s "Distinguished Alumna Award for Excellence in Nursing" during Homecoming 2018 festivities, in acknowledgement of her leadership and innovation within the nursing
She will deliver her keynote address “Don’t Forget Your WHY” on Saturday, Oct. 6 at
9 a.m. in the atrium of the Center for Natural Sciences (CNS). Tours of the School
of Nursing will be available after the presentation.
Okuno-Jones is currently Vice President of Operations in Patient Care Services and
Chief Nurse Executive at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Illinois.
Prior to this role, she served as Vice President of Nursing Practice and Innovation
for Advocate Health Care, where she led the development of a system-wide, evidence-based
approach to nursing professional practice.
She has held additional leadership positions including Magnet Program Director and
Executive Director of Service Lines, in which she supported inpatient and outpatient
sites of care.
After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan, Okuno-Jones earned her doctorate in nursing
practice and master’s of science in nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago,
in addition to American Nurses Credentialing Center certifications in Advanced Nurse
Executive and Nursing Professional Development. She currently resides in Palatine,
Illinois, with her husband Jon Jones ’87.