The Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium

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Date(s) - 05/12/2016
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Polo Cafe & Catering Bridgeport USA


CBNC INVITATION 2016Support the Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium (CBNC) at a fundraiser from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12th, at the Polo Café & Catering Bridgeport USA, 3322 S. Morgan Street, in Chicago. Tickets are $50 per person.

For more information, call 312-567-2065 or email

According to data from the American Community Survey, In Illinois, 10% of Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) are underemployed and 2 % are unemployed. Internationally educated nurses are presented with several barriers in obtaining licensure in the United States.

To assist IENs , the Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium, a 501(c)(3), was founded in 2002. CBNC’s mission is to increase the number of internationally educated nurses for practice as bilingual bicultural nurses in metropolitan Chicago and surrounding communities through advocacy, education, and supportive services.

The focus is to prepare IENs to achieve licensure in Illinois.  The consortium began with a special focus on Hispanic nurses, but as it developed nurses from other countries sought out the services.  Since its founding, CBNC has served more than 700 IENs from over 60 different countries.  It is the only centralized resource for immigrant IENs in Illinois and only one of a few in the United States that offers programs and services to enable IENs to adapt to U.S. health care systems and culture.  The Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium is funded totally on grants and donations.

More information about the CBNC can be found here.