New Illinois Nursing Practice Act???

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    Ok everyone is talking about major changes to the 2008 Nursing practice act that is much better for all nurses RN, LPN, and APN. I'm trying to figure out what changes were made to the LPN practice. I was told that they are now going to allow IV push meds. I'm an ER- LPN and this would make my job so much easier. I won't have to keep bugging RN's to do my pushes, or ask the MD to write the orders IV or IM. I can't seem to find were the changes are and I'm issues getting around all the legal mumbo-jumbo.
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    LPN's still cannot do IV pushes. The new nursing practice act won't be online for quite some time. The big changes are that RN's need CEU's and you also have to pass the NCLEX before you can begin working. I'm not sure what the changes are for LPN's but I know for sure IV Push isn't one of them.
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    I was thinking the same thing. But about 4 different RN's mentioned the same thing. Leading me to believe there actually might be some truth to it. One of them is bringing me the article next shift.
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    Quote from Kathyz
    LPN's still cannot do IV pushes. The new nursing practice act won't be online for quite some time. The big changes are that RN's need CEU's and you also have to pass the NCLEX before you can begin working. I'm not sure what the changes are for LPN's but I know for sure IV Push isn't one of them.

    So are you saying that Illinois law states you can't work until you've passed your NCLEX? I plan on moving there next fall after I finish my accelerated program so I am curious to know the details of this new development.
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    Yes. As of two weeks ago you cannot work in IL until you have passed the NCLEX test. There is no more "licensing pending". You need to pass the test first before you can begin any job in IL as an RN.
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    Actually it takes effect January 1st. No more RN-LP. Have to have proof of passing NCLEX in order to practice. They want new-grads to concentrate on passing NCLEX, not looking/interviewing for jobs so much.

    They've added con-ed mandatory for RN's now...always was mandatory for APN's. Makes complete sense and I can't understand why it took this long really. There's some language about schedule II narc Rx privileges. Used to be a separate endorsement on your DEA number, now I think it automatically becomes allowable, but can only be PO meds. APN's no longer need collaboration agreements if they are employed in hospitals or in ambulatory surgical centers. There's some language about doctorally prepared nurses being addressed or referred to as Doctor in the practice/clinical setting. I'm not sure why that was or wasn't an issue before since all APN's were required to notify the patient that they are Advanced Practice Nurses anyway, but I guess now they can say "Hi, I'm Dr. Wood, I'm an Advance Practice Nurse, how can I help you today?"

    I think that's the bulk of the new act...didn't see any language about LPN's though...you can see for yourself if you'd like at www.illinoisnurses.org and follow the link.

    Jeff
    Last edit by woody436 on Oct 19, '07 : Reason: Corrected web link
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    Well thanks for the info, I finish my program on August 1st, and I wanted to move as soon as possible, but I see that won't be the case. But like you said the good thing is I don't have to worry about looking for a job while I'm trying to finish up my program.


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