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Full practice authority: Illinois nurses empowered by new law

Illinois LicenseThis was a good week for Illinois nurses, especially those who licensed as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 313 into law on September 20, increasing the authority of registered and licensed Illinois nurses by lifting certain licensing regulations for the administration of some healthcare services. Upon satisfying certain qualifying criteria, an APRN may be eligible for full practice authority. In a healthcare industry already struggling with a shortage of qualified nursing professionals, this update to Illinois law will not only benefit practicing nurses but also the residents of the State of Illinois seeking efficient and effective healthcare services.

From Governor Rauner’s Press Release:

“This will empower nurses to administer the services that they are fully equipped and educated to perform,” said Gov. Rauner. “I’m happy that Illinoisans across the state will be able to rely more on highly qualified and skilled nurses to deliver care when access to a physician may be inhibited due to costs or geographic barriers.[i]

Requirements for APRNs to qualify for full practice authority:

House Bill 313 amends the Illinois Nurse Practice Act with the addition of certain practice definitions and guidelines for certain nurses in a path to full practice authority, making better use of the education and hours of experience held by nurse professionals in their advancing career paths.

The new law allows an APRN certified as a nurse midwife, a clinical nurse specialist, or a nurse practitioner with a minimum of “250 hours of continuing education or training and at least 4,000 hours of clinical experience” to file a notarized attestation of same with the Department to be conferred with the benefit of full practice authority[ii].

Full practice authority is defined by the Nurse Practice Act as follows: “The authority of an advanced practice registered nurse licensed in Illinois and certified as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or nurse midwife to practice without a written collaborative agreement and be fully accountable: (1) to patients for the quality of advanced nursing care rendered, (2) for recognizing limits of knowledge and experience, and (3) for planning for the management of situations beyond the advanced practice registered nurse’s expertise.[iii]

Licensed Illinois nurses should contact the health law and licensing firm of Michael V. Favia & Associates with questions and for assistance with the new changes in the law.

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About us: Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C. is a health law, litigation and licensing firm in Chicago representing individuals, healthcare professionals and organizations with civil legal matters as well as professional licensing and regulation.

Chicago health law and litigation attorney Michael V. Favia and his associates in several locations and disciplines, advise and represent private individuals as well as healthcare professionals in all types of litigation and administrative matters involving licensing and regulatory agencies.

Michael V. Favia and Associates, P.C. represents individual physicians and health care organizations in the Chicago area with a variety of legal matters. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion. Michael V. Favia & Associates is available at (773) 631-4580. Please visit www.favialawfirm.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter. You can also review endorsements and recommendations for Michael V. Favia on his Avvo.com profile and on LinkedIn.

 

[i] Illinois.gov, Press Release: Gov. Rauner expands registered nurse practice authority, Sept. 20, 2017.

[ii] Illinois Nurse Practice Act, 225 ILCS 65/65-43 (b).

[iii] Illinois Nurse Practice Act, 225 ILCS 65/65-43 (a).

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PODCAST: The expanding role of nurses in the community with Elizabeth Carlson, PhD, RN

Today’s podcast interview with Doctor Elizabeth Carlson focuses on current trends and topics in the area of careers in nursing. In the next 30 minutes Doctor Carlson will talk to us about her career in nursing and healthcare and offer examples of opportunities in several nursing professions in demand today and in the years to come. Click/tap here to listen to the podcast interview.

Topics covered in this 30-minute interview:

  • Introducing Elizabeth Carlson, PhD, RN – tell us about your career path
  • Current trends in health care and the nursing profession specifically
  • Identifying various nursing professions; what they can and cannot do
  • Pathways from one degree level to the next; planning a nursing career path

Dr. Elizabeth A. Carlson has held a variety of clinical and academic positions of leadership at Rush University Medical Center since 1976. Beginning as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in critical care, she served as Interim Chairperson of Medical Nursing, which is a joint clinical and academic leadership position, and is currently Professor and Chairperson, Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing, Rush College of Nursing. Dr. Carlson was recognized as a 2014 Pinnacle Leader by the Power of Nursing Leadership. She served as Program Director for Systems Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice from 2012 to 2014. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Michigan in 1973, her master of science in nursing degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1977, and her PhD from Rush University in 1988.

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Michael V. Favia & Associates are available to advise and represent health care professionals and the general Chicagoland community with a variety of legal issues. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburbs, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion.

For more about Michael V. Favia & Associates’ professional licensing work, please call (773) 631-4580, visit www.IL-Licensing.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter. You may also connect with Attorney Michael V. Favia on LinkedIn and on Avvo.com where you may also read client endorsements and reviews.

Nursing professions regulated by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

 

The nationwide nursing shortage hit Illinois and the problem is there are not enough young nursing professionals to replace the number of retiring baby boomer nurses. In a recent survey, a third of the currently working nurses age 55 and older plan to retire within the next five years.[i] Research shows that even fewer nurses are able to fill the need for Ph.D. nurse educators. The problem is not the lack of interest in the nursing professions, there is a shortage in education program capacities. The nursing schools are full. With concerns of state budget cuts in education, gaining admittance to state nursing education programs may become increasingly difficult. Private nursing schools can be a good alternative, and for those willing to go so far as the Ph.D. programs, private school tuition may be a solid future investment.

There are several nursing professional options in Illinois. No matter where you may be in the progression of your nursing career, you will be in demand for many years to come. In addition to the required education, a nurse professional must apply to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to obtain the required state license to practice nursing in the following regulated areas of nursing in Illinois.

Professional Nursing Professions Licensed by IDFPR[ii]:

  • Registered Professional Nurse (RN)[iii]

RNs primarily administer medication, treatments, and offer educational advice to the patient.

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)[iv]

LPNs provide basic nursing care and are responsible for the comfort of the patient.

  • Advanced Practice Nurse (APN)[v]

APNs assist other medical professionals and manage patient care, and many specialize in fields such as pediatrics, oncology and family medicine.

  • Continuing Education Sponsors are licensed to provide continuing education to licensed nurses.[vi]
    • APN CE Sponsor
    • LPN CE Sponsor
    • RN CE Sponsor
  • APN Controlled Substance[vii]

Physicians may delegate limited authority to prescribe controlled substances to Advance Practice Nurses with the APN Controlled Substance credentials.

Illinois laws such as the Nurse Practice Act[viii], identify what specific aspects of healthcare are allowed or limited by each specific nursing license.

In addition to assistance with the nurse professional licensing process, Illinois nurses may also need legal assistance with various business aspects of nursing careers such as employment contract and collaborative practice agreement review and negotiation.

Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C. is a health law and litigation firm in Chicago representing individuals, healthcare professionals and organizations with civil legal matters as well as professional licensing and regulation. We help Illinois nurses with any and all issues with the regulation of their professional license with the IDFPR.

Chicago health law and litigation attorney Michael V. Favia and his associates in several locations and disciplines, advise and represent private individuals as well as healthcare professionals in all types of litigation and administrative matters involving licensing and regulatory agencies.

Michael V. Favia and Associates, P.C. represents individual physicians and health care organizations in the Chicago area with a variety of legal matters. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion. Michael V. Favia & Associates is available at (773) 631-4580. Please visit www.favialawfirm.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter. You can also review endorsements and recommendations for Michael V. Favia on his Avvo.com profile and on LinkedIn.

 

[i] Modern Healthcare, Nationwide nursing shortage hits Illinois, by Adam Rubenfire, May 27, 2015.

[ii] Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Regulated Professions, Nursing.

[iii] All Nursing Schools, Registered Nurse vs. Licensed Practical Nurse.

[iv] See HNiii above.

[v] All Nursing Schools, Advanced Practice Nursing.

[vi] Nurse.org, Nurse CE and CEU: Continuing Education for RNs.

[vii] IDFPR Controlled Substance Licensing.

Image Source: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/05/16/2020411/doctors-oppose-more-authority-for-nurses/

[viii] Illinois Nurse Practice Act, 225 ILCS 65.