Proposed Changes to IL Nurse Practice Act

  1. The IL Nurse Practice Act sunsets on January 1, 2008.

    Changes proposed for the new NPA include the following:

    1. CEU requirement (not yet specified).

    2.Change in composition of the Board of Nursing to eliminate the physician member and merge the 2 existing boards. Currently one BON represents RNs and LPNs, and a separate board serves APNs. The proposed change would result in a single board representing all nurses in IL and would include 1 LPN, 1LPN educator, 1 RN, one ADN educator, 1 BSN educator, 1 nurse administrator, 2 nurses involved in practice (one must be an RN), 1 CNS, 1CNM, 1 CRNA, 1 NP, and 1 public member.

    (WHY NO DIPLOMA EDUCATOR?)

    3. Authority for APNs to prescribe Schedule II drugs.

    4. Eliminate "license pending" status for nursing graduates who have not yet taken NCLEX. This would prevent new grads from working in a professional capacity until they pass NCLEX.

    (I wholeheartedly oppose this! I think it is a dis-service to nursing graduates, employers, and patients alike, especially in areas of the state where shortages exist.)
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Hi Jolie - I have been neglecting the IL forum - this is very important that ALL nurses in IL realize that its our ability to perform our jobs that is being discussed by politicians, not nurses!
  4. by   bradleyshanetaylor
    the graduate nurse law sucks. i could of went to a different facility and already began work and being paid as an rn. instead i stayed loyal to my facility that i work at as an lpn. now all my classmates are out there making 7-10 dollars more an hour than me. o well though. hopefully i will get my att very soon.
  5. by   Jolie
    Quote from grubby98
    the graduate nurse law sucks. i could of went to a different facility and already began work and being paid as an rn. instead i stayed loyal to my facility that i work at as an lpn. now all my classmates are out there making 7-10 dollars more an hour than me. o well though. hopefully i will get my att very soon.
    To my knowledge, the status of Registered Nurse, license pending (what IL calls GNs) has not yet changed. I believe that you are eligible to work as an RNlp. It sounds like it is your facility that is holding you back, not the State of IL. If you feel strongly about retaining RNlp status for future graduates, please contact your state representative and senator.

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