On September 20, 2017, Governor Rauner signed HB 313 - PA 100-0513
The signing of this bill completes a process that started back in April 2015 when the Illinois Coalition of Nursing Organizations met to work on revisions of the Nurse Practice Act.
We should be proud of the work we accomplished. Let us remember what our overarching goal was when we started: We wanted grant authority for all nurses (LPN, RN, and APRN) to practice to the fullest level of their education and expertise, while providing safe and quality nursing care in all settings. Recognizing that healthcare is moving to the community instead of traditional facilities, ICNO focused on addressing the changing role of the nurse as a provider of direct care services, virtual services, and that of care coordination.
Our work continues as we work with IDFPR to fashion the rules. This will take time and we ask for your patience as we proceed. Rules are published for public comment so watch for more information as we will use our collective power to ensure there are no additional barriers added to the administrative.