Hi and welcome and congrats on starting nursing school
. I live near Peoria, IL and am an advanced practice RN with a large nephrology group. I am a clinical nurse specialist which in the state of IL is no different than an NP. I do the medical management of two outpatient chronic dialysis units which is about 200 patients. I am required to see each of them three times per month. I handle basically all complaints as many of these patients have no primary care provider.
I'm not taking the job of an RN, I'm taking the place of an MD who would have to round on these patients and do the management if I didn't.
The roles of advanced practice nursing in IL have changed dramatically over the years and we can thank our predecessors for that. I can prescribe just about anything as long as its something that would be provided in the course of my care of these patients.
RN's and NP's, CNS's, other APNs have DIFFERENT roles - we are not in competition for each other. When I was an RN, I did RN duties which did not include prescribing, advanced assessment, ordering treatments, etc.. However, because I was an RN for many years, I have a sincere appreciation for all nurses.
This is one of the reasons the AMA is so strong in the US - they stick together. This is what we must do in order to effect change.
BTW - the Illinois Society of Advanced Practice Nurses is a great resource too.