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