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Judy Krause, R.N., Instructor

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Certified Nurse Assistant Training Program

The Kankakee Area Career Center is very delighted to have Ms. Judy Krause, R.N. teaching one of our two C.N.A. Training Program classes and serve as our Lead instructor.  

Ms. Krause entered nursing school directly after graduating high school.  She earned her Bachelor's of Science Degree from St. Xavier University in 1977.  Ms. Krause began her nursing career at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago.  During her time there, she worked on a medical-surgical floor and later worked hemodialysis and public health.

In 1983, Ms. Krause relocated to the Bourbonnais area with newborn twin daughters.  Shortly afterwards, she had a third daughter and then a son.  Ms. Krause says she is "..fortunate to have had the opportunity to stay home and raise her children.  

When her children reached school age, Ms. Krause became involved in Provena St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary and was responsible for organizing the monthly immunization clinics in partnership with the Kankakee County Department of Public Health.

Ms. Krause's history of volunteering continued to expand, working with the Bourbonnais School District, PTA, organizing head lice checks and Market Day.  Ms. Krause also taught religious education for several years at Maternity BVM church, where she is a member. 

In 2004, Ms. Krause returned to nursing as an RN Coordinator at the Bickford Assisted Living Facility and later, Provena Our Lady of Victory Skilled Care Unit.  Ms. Krause has a passion for working with the growing aging population.

Ms. Krause knows first-hand the hard work, dedication and determination young people require in setting goals and being able to achieve them.  This past year - a whirlwind - her three daughters graduated from Purdue Nursing School, Loyola Medical School and UIC Dental School.  Her son is a senior at U of I, Champaign studying molecular cell biology/pre-med and will be applying to medical school this spring.   Looks like her children have learned about the necessary traits to achieve in the medical field as well.

When Ms. Krause learned of the opportunity to come to the Career Center and share her knowledge with the high school students, she was intrigued.  She has fit right in, working and training students to become Certified Nursing Assistants.   Their hands-on, clinical activities take the Ms. Krause and her students to the Manteno Veteran's home.  Ms. Krause not only can share her talents and knowledge, she shares her passion for working with people with her students.  

Ms. Krause has not given up her direct patient care work as a registered nurse.  She continues to work at Provena Our Lady of Victory.  Ms. Krause says "It provides the perfect balance, keeping my skills up to date, working with a variety of patients and still allowing her plenty of quality time to spend with my growing family."


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Kankakee Area Career Center4083 N 1000 W Road

PO Box 570Bourbonnais, IL 60914

815-939-4971Fax: 815-939-7598

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