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PROFESSIONS, OCCUPATIONS, AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS
(225 ILCS 65/) Nurse Practice Act.

225 ILCS 65/Art. 60

 
    (225 ILCS 65/Art. 60 heading)
ARTICLE 60. NURSING LICENSURE - RN
(Article scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
(Source: P.A. 95-639, eff. 10-5-07.)

225 ILCS 65/60-5

    (225 ILCS 65/60-5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 60-5. RN education program requirements; out-of-State programs.
    (a) All registered professional nurse education programs must be reviewed by the Board and approved by the Department before the successful completion of such a program may be applied toward meeting the requirements for registered professional nurse licensure under this Act. Any program changing the level of educational preparation or the relationship with or to the parent institution or establishing an extension of an existing program must request a review by the Board and approval by the Department. The Board shall review and make a recommendation for the approval or disapproval of a program by the Department based on the following criteria:
        (1) a feasibility study that describes the need for
    
the program and the facilities used, the potential of the program to recruit faculty and students, financial support for the program, and other criteria, as established by rule;
        (2) program curriculum that meets all State
    
requirements;
        (3) the administration of the program by a Nurse
    
Administrator and the involvement of a Nurse Administrator in the development of the program; and
        (4) the occurrence of a site visit prior to approval.
    (b) In order to obtain initial Department approval and to maintain Department approval, a registered professional nursing program must meet all of the following requirements:
        (1) The institution responsible for conducting the
    
program and the Nurse Administrator must ensure that individual faculty members are academically and professionally competent.
        (2) The program curriculum must contain all
    
applicable requirements established by rule, including both theory and clinical components.
        (3) The passage rates of the program's graduating
    
classes on the State-approved licensure exam must be deemed satisfactory by the Department.
    (c) Program site visits to an institution conducting or hosting a professional nursing program may be made at the discretion of the Nursing Coordinator or upon recommendation of the Board. Full routine site visits shall be conducted by the Department for periodic evaluation. The visits shall be used to determine compliance with this Act. Full routine site visits must be announced and may be waived at the discretion of the Department if the program maintains accreditation with the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
    (d) Any institution conducting a registered professional nursing program that wishes to discontinue the program must do each of the following:
        (1) Notify the Department, in writing, of its intent
    
to discontinue the program.
        (2) Continue to meet the requirements of this Act
    
and the rules adopted thereunder until the official date of termination of the program.
        (3) Notify the Department of the date on which the
    
last student shall graduate from the program and the program shall terminate.
        (4) Assist remaining students in the continuation of
    
their education in the event of program termination prior to the graduation of the program's final student.
        (5) Upon the closure of the program, notify the
    
Department, in writing, of the location of student and graduate records' storage.
    (e) Out-of-State registered professional nursing education programs planning to offer clinical practice experiences in this State must meet the requirements set forth in this Section and must meet the clinical and faculty requirements for institutions outside of this State, as established by rule. The institution responsible for conducting an out-of-State registered professional nursing education program and the administrator of the program shall be responsible for ensuring that the individual faculty and preceptors overseeing the clinical experience are academically and professionally competent.
(Source: P.A. 95-639, eff. 10-5-07.)

225 ILCS 65/60-10

    (225 ILCS 65/60-10)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 60-10. Qualifications for RN licensure.
    (a) Each applicant who successfully meets the requirements of this Section shall be entitled to licensure as a registered professional nurse.
    (b) An applicant for licensure by examination to practice as a registered professional nurse must do each of the following:
        (1) Submit a completed written application, on forms
    
provided by the Department, and fees, as established by the Department.
        (2) Have graduated from a professional nursing
    
education program approved by the Department or have been granted a certificate of completion of pre-licensure requirements from another United States jurisdiction.
        (3) Successfully complete a licensure examination
    
approved by the Department.
        (4) Have not violated the provisions of this Act
    
concerning the grounds for disciplinary action. The Department may take into consideration any felony conviction of the applicant, but such a conviction may not operate as an absolute bar to licensure.
        (5) Submit to the criminal history records check
    
required under Section 50-35 of this Act.
        (6) Submit, either to the Department or its
    
designated testing service, a fee covering the cost of providing the examination. Failure to appear for the examination on the scheduled date at the time and place specified after the applicant's application for examination has been received and acknowledged by the Department or the designated testing service shall result in the forfeiture of the examination fee.
        (7) Meet all other requirements established by the
    
Department by rule. An applicant for licensure by examination may take the Department-approved examination in another jurisdiction.
    (b-5) If an applicant for licensure by examination neglects, fails, or refuses to take an examination or fails to pass an examination for a license within 3 years after filing the application, the application shall be denied. The applicant may make a new application accompanied by the required fee, evidence of meeting the requirements in force at the time of the new application, and proof of the successful completion of at least 2 additional years of professional nursing education.
    (c) An applicant for licensure by examination shall have one year after the date of notification of the successful completion of the examination to apply to the Department for a license. If an applicant fails to apply within one year, the applicant shall be required to retake and pass the examination unless licensed in another jurisdiction of the United States.
    (d) An applicant for licensure by examination who passes the Department-approved licensure examination for professional nursing may obtain employment as a license-pending registered nurse and practice under the direction of a registered professional nurse or an advanced practice nurse until such time as he or she receives his or her license to practice or until the license is denied. In no instance shall any such applicant practice or be employed in any management capacity. An individual may be employed as a license-pending registered nurse if all of the following criteria are met:
        (1) He or she has completed and passed the
    
Department-approved licensure exam and presents to the employer the official written notification indicating successful passage of the licensure examination.
        (2) He or she has completed and submitted to the
    
Department an application for licensure under this Section as a registered professional nurse.
        (3) He or she has submitted the required licensure
    
fee.
        (4) He or she has met all other requirements
    
established by rule, including having submitted to a criminal history records check.
    (e) The privilege to practice as a license-pending registered nurse shall terminate with the occurrence of any of the following:
        (1) Three months have passed since the official date
    
of passing the licensure exam as inscribed on the formal written notification indicating passage of the exam. The 3-month license pending period may be extended if more time is needed by the Department to process the licensure application.
        (2) Receipt of the registered professional nurse
    
license from the Department.
        (3) Notification from the Department that the
    
application for licensure has been refused.
        (4) A request by the Department that the individual
    
terminate practicing as a license-pending registered nurse until an official decision is made by the Department to grant or deny a registered professional nurse license.
    (f) An applicant for registered professional nurse licensure by endorsement who is a registered professional nurse licensed by examination under the laws of another state or territory of the United States must do each of the following:
        (1) Submit a completed written application, on forms
    
supplied by the Department, and fees as established by the Department.
        (2) Have graduated from a registered professional
    
nursing education program approved by the Department.
        (3) Submit verification of licensure status directly
    
from the United States jurisdiction of licensure, if applicable, as defined by rule.
        (4) Submit to the criminal history records check
    
required under Section 50-35 of this Act.
        (5) Meet all other requirements as established by
    
the Department by rule.
    (g) Pending the issuance of a license under this Section, the Department may grant an applicant a temporary license to practice nursing as a registered professional nurse if the Department is satisfied that the applicant holds an active, unencumbered license in good standing in another U.S. jurisdiction. If the applicant holds more than one current active license or one or more active temporary licenses from another jurisdiction, the Department may not issue a temporary license until the Department is satisfied that each current active license held by the applicant is unencumbered. The temporary license, which shall be issued no later than 14 working days after receipt by the Department of an application for the temporary license, shall be granted upon the submission of all of the following to the Department:
        (1) A completed application for licensure as a
    
registered professional nurse.
        (2) Proof of a current, active license in at least
    
one other jurisdiction of the United States and proof that each current active license or temporary license held by the applicant within the last 5 years is unencumbered.
        (3) A completed application for a temporary license.
        (4) The required temporary license fee.
    (h) The Department may refuse to issue an applicant a temporary license authorized pursuant to this Section if, within 14 working days after its receipt of an application for a temporary license, the Department determines that:
        (1) the applicant has been convicted of a crime
    
under the laws of a jurisdiction of the United States that is (i) a felony or (ii) a misdemeanor directly related to the practice of the profession, within the last 5 years;
        (2) the applicant has had a license or permit
    
related to the practice of nursing revoked, suspended, or placed on probation by another jurisdiction within the last 5 years, if at least one of the grounds for revoking, suspending, or placing on probation is the same or substantially equivalent to grounds for disciplinary action under this Act; or
        (3) the Department intends to deny licensure by
    
endorsement.
    (i) The Department may revoke a temporary license issued pursuant to this Section if it determines any of the following:
        (1) That the applicant has been convicted of a crime
    
under the laws of any jurisdiction of the United States that is (i) a felony or (ii) a misdemeanor directly related to the practice of the profession, within the last 5 years.
        (2) That within the last 5 years, the applicant has
    
had a license or permit related to the practice of nursing revoked, suspended, or placed on probation by another jurisdiction, if at least one of the grounds for revoking, suspending, or placing on probation is the same or substantially equivalent to grounds for disciplinary action under this Act.
        (3) That it intends to deny licensure by endorsement.
    (j) A temporary license issued under this Section shall expire 6 months after the date of issuance. Further renewal may be granted by the Department in hardship cases, as defined by rule and upon approval of the Secretary. However, a temporary license shall automatically expire upon issuance of the Illinois license or upon notification that the Department intends to deny licensure, whichever occurs first.
    (k) All applicants for registered professional nurse licensure have 3 years after the date of application to complete the application process. If the process has not been completed within 3 years after the date of application, the application shall be denied, the fee forfeited, and the applicant must reapply and meet the requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.
    (l) All applicants for registered nurse licensure by examination or endorsement who are graduates of practical nursing educational programs in a country other than the United States and its territories shall have their nursing education credentials evaluated by a Department-approved nursing credentialing evaluation service. No such applicant may be issued a license under this Act unless the applicant's program is deemed by the nursing credentialing evaluation service to be equivalent to a professional nursing education program approved by the Department. An applicant who has graduated from a nursing educational program outside of the United States or its territories and whose first language is not English shall submit certification of passage of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), as defined by rule. The Department may, upon recommendation from the nursing evaluation service, waive the requirement that the applicant pass the TOEFL examination if the applicant submits verification of the successful completion of a nursing education program conducted in English. The requirements of this subsection (l) may be satisfied by the showing of proof of a certificate from the Certificate Program or the VisaScreen Program of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools.
    (m) An applicant licensed in another state or territory who is applying for licensure and has received her or his education in a country other than the United States or its territories shall have her or his nursing education credentials evaluated by a Department-approved nursing credentialing evaluation service. No such applicant may be issued a license under this Act unless the applicant's program is deemed by the nursing credentialing evaluation service to be equivalent to a professional nursing education program approved by the Department. An applicant who has graduated from a nursing educational program outside of the United States or its territories and whose first language is not English shall submit certification of passage of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), as defined by rule. The Department may, upon recommendation from the nursing evaluation service, waive the requirement that the applicant pass the TOEFL examination if the applicant submits verification of the successful completion of a nursing education program conducted in English or the successful passage of an approved licensing examination given in English. The requirements of this subsection (m) may be satisfied by the showing of proof of a certificate from the Certificate Program or the VisaScreen Program of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools.
(Source: P.A. 95-639, eff. 10-5-07.)

225 ILCS 65/60-15

    (225 ILCS 65/60-15) (was 225 ILCS 65/10-37)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 60-15. Registered nurse externship permit.
    (a) The Department shall establish a program under which the Department may issue a nurse externship permit to a registered nurse who is licensed under the laws of another state or territory of the United States and who has not taken the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). A nurse who is issued a permit shall be allowed to practice as a nurse extern under the direct, on-site supervision of a registered professional nurse licensed under this Act. There shall be one supervising registered professional nurse for every one nurse extern.
    (b) An applicant shall be qualified to receive a nurse externship permit if that applicant:
        (1) Has submitted a completed written application
    
to the Department, on forms provided by the Department, and submitted any fees established by the Department.
        (2) Has graduated from a professional nursing
    
education program approved by the Department.
        (3) Is licensed as a professional nurse in another
    
state or territory of the United States and has submitted a verification of active and unencumbered licensure in all of the states and territories in which the applicant is licensed.
        (4) Has submitted verification of an offer of
    
employment in Illinois as a nurse extern. The Department may prescribe the information necessary to determine if this employment meets the requirements of the permit program. This information shall include a copy of the written employment offer.
        (5) Has submitted a written statement from the
    
applicant's prospective employer stating that the prospective employer agrees to pay the full tuition for the Bilingual Nurse Consortium course or other course approved by rule.
        (6) Has submitted proof of taking the Test of
    
English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score as set by rule. Applicants with the highest TOEFL scores shall be given first consideration to entrance into an extern program.
        (7) Has submitted written verification that the
    
applicant has been enrolled in the Bilingual Nurse Consortium course or other course approved by rule. This verification must state that the applicant shall be able to complete the course within the year for which the permit is issued.
        (8) Has agreed to submit to the Department a mid-year
    
exam as determined by rule that demonstrates proficiency towards passing the NCLEX.
        (9) Has not violated the provisions of Section 70-5
    
of this Act. The Department may take into consideration any felony conviction of the applicant, but such a conviction shall not operate as an absolute bar to licensure.
        (10) Has met all other requirements established by
    
rule.
    (c) A nurse extern shall be issued no more than one permit in a lifetime. The permit shall expire one calendar year after it is issued. Before being issued a license under this Act, the nurse extern must submit proof of the successful completion of the Bilingual Nurse Consortium course or other course approved by rule and successful passage of the NCLEX. The nurse extern shall not practice autonomous, professional nursing until he or she is licensed under this Act. The nurse extern shall carry out progressive nursing skills under the direct supervision of a registered nurse licensed under this Act and shall not be employed in a supervisory capacity. The nurse extern shall work only in the sponsoring facility. A nurse extern may work for a period not to exceed one calendar year from the date of issuance of the permit or until he or she fails the NCLEX. While working as a nurse extern, the nurse extern is subject to the provisions of this Act and all rules adopted by the Department for the administration of this Act.
    (d) The Secretary shall convene a task force to establish clinical guidelines that allow for the gradual progression of nursing skills in culturally diverse practice settings. The Nursing Act Coordinator or his or her designee shall serve as chairperson of the task force. The task force shall include, but not be limited to, 2 representatives of the Illinois Nurses Association, 2 representatives of the Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association, a nurse engaged in nursing education who possesses a master's degree or higher, one representative from the Humboldt Park Vocational Educational Center, 2 registered nurses from United States territories who each hold a current State nursing license, one representative from the Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium, and one member of the Illinois Hospital Association. The task force shall complete this work no longer than 4 months after convening. After the nurse externship permit program has been in effect for 2 years, the task force shall evaluate the effectiveness of the program and make appropriate recommendations to the Secretary.
(Source: P.A. 94-351, eff. 7-28-05; 95-639, eff. 10-5-07.)

225 ILCS 65/60-20

    (225 ILCS 65/60-20)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 60-20. Expiration of RN license; renewal. The expiration date and renewal period for each registered professional nurse license issued under this Act shall be set by rule. The holder of a license may renew the license during the month preceding the expiration date of the license by paying the required fee. It is the responsibility of the licensee to notify the Department in writing of a change of address.
(Source: P.A. 95-639, eff. 10-5-07.)

225 ILCS 65/60-25

    (225 ILCS 65/60-25)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 60-25. Restoration of RN license; temporary permit.
    (a) Any license to practice professional nursing issued under this Act that has expired or that is on inactive status may be restored by making application to the Department and filing proof of fitness acceptable to the Department as specified by rule to have the license restored and by paying the required restoration fee. Such proof of fitness may include evidence certifying active lawful practice in another jurisdiction.
    (b) A licensee seeking restoration of a license after it has expired or been placed on inactive status for more than 5 years shall file an application, on forms supplied by the Department, and submit the restoration or renewal fees set forth by the Department. The licensee shall also submit proof of fitness to practice, including one of the following:
        (1) Certification of active practice in another
    
jurisdiction, which may include a statement from the appropriate board or licensing authority in the other jurisdiction that the licensee was authorized to practice during the term of said active practice.
        (2) Proof of the successful completion of a
    
Department-approved licensure examination.
        (3) An affidavit attesting to military service as
    
provided in subsection (c) of this Section; however, if application is made within 2 years after discharge and if all other provisions of subsection (c) of this Section are satisfied, the applicant shall be required to pay the current renewal fee.
    (c) Any registered professional nurse license issued under this Act that expired while the licensee was (1) in federal service on active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States or in the State Militia called into service or training or (2) in training or education under the supervision of the United States preliminary to induction into the military service may have the license restored without paying any lapsed renewal fees if, within 2 years after honorable termination of such service, training, or education, the applicant furnishes the Department with satisfactory evidence to the effect that the applicant has been so engaged and that the individual's service, training, or education has been so terminated.
    (d) Any licensee who engages in the practice of professional nursing with a lapsed license or while on inactive status shall be considered to be practicing without a license, which shall be grounds for discipline under Section 70-5 of this Act.
    (e) Pending restoration of a registered professional nurse license under this Section, the Department may grant an applicant a temporary permit to practice as a registered professional nurse if the Department is satisfied that the applicant holds an active, unencumbered license in good standing in another jurisdiction. If the applicant holds more than one current active license or one or more active temporary licenses from another jurisdiction, the Department shall not issue a temporary permit until it is satisfied that each current active license held by the applicant is unencumbered. The temporary permit, which shall be issued no later than 14 working days after receipt by the Department of an application for the permit, shall be granted upon the submission of all of the following to the Department:
        (1) A signed and completed application for
    
restoration of licensure under this Section as a registered professional nurse.
        (2) Proof of (i) a current, active license in at
    
least one other jurisdiction and proof that each current, active license or temporary permit held by the applicant is unencumbered or (ii) fitness to practice nursing in Illinois, as specified by rule.
        (3) A signed and completed application for a
    
temporary permit.
        (4) The required permit fee.
    (f) The Department may refuse to issue to an applicant a temporary permit authorized under this Section if, within 14 working days after its receipt of an application for a temporary permit, the Department determines that:
        (1) the applicant has been convicted within the last
    
5 years of any crime under the laws of any jurisdiction of the United States that is (i) a felony or (ii) a misdemeanor directly related to the practice of the profession;
        (2) within the last 5 years the applicant had a
    
license or permit related to the practice of nursing revoked, suspended, or placed on probation by another jurisdiction if at least one of the grounds for revoking, suspending, or placing on probation is the same or substantially equivalent to grounds for disciplinary action under this Act; or
        (3) the Department intends to deny restoration of
    
the license.
    (g) The Department may revoke a temporary permit issued under this Section if:
        (1) the Department determines that the applicant has
    
been convicted within the last 5 years of any crime under the laws of any jurisdiction of the United States that is (i) a felony or (ii) a misdemeanor directly related to the practice of the profession;
        (2) within the last 5 years, the applicant had a
    
license or permit related to the practice of nursing revoked, suspended, or placed on probation by another jurisdiction, if at least one of the grounds for revoking, suspending, or placing on probation is the same or substantially equivalent to grounds in Illinois; or
        (3) the Department intends to deny restoration of
    
the license.
    (h) A temporary permit or renewed temporary permit shall expire (i) upon issuance of an Illinois license or (ii) upon notification that the Department intends to deny restoration of licensure. A temporary permit shall expire 6 months from the date of issuance. Further renewal may be granted by the Department, in hardship cases, that shall automatically expire upon issuance of the Illinois license or upon notification that the Department intends to deny licensure, whichever occurs first. No extensions shall be granted beyond the 6-month period unless approved by the Secretary. Notification by the Department under this Section must be by certified or registered mail.
(Source: P.A. 95-639, eff. 10-5-07.)

225 ILCS 65/60-30

    (225 ILCS 65/60-30)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 60-30. Inactive status of a RN license. Any registered professional nurse, who notifies the Department in writing on forms prescribed by the Department, may elect to place his or her license on inactive status and shall, subject to rules of the Department, be excused from payment of renewal fees until notice is given to the Department, in writing, of his or her intent to restore the license.
    Any registered professional nurse requesting restoration from inactive status shall be required to pay the current renewal fee and shall be required to restore his or her license, as provided by rule of the Department.
    Any registered professional nurse whose license is on inactive status shall not practice professional nursing as defined by this Act in the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 95-639, eff. 10-5-07.)

225 ILCS 65/60-35

    (225 ILCS 65/60-35)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 60-35. RN scope of practice.
    (a) Practice as a registered professional nurse means the full scope of nursing, with or without compensation, that incorporates caring for all patients in all settings, through nursing standards recognized by the Department, and includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:
        (1) The comprehensive nursing assessment of the
    
health status of patients that addresses changes to patient conditions.
        (2) The development of a plan of nursing care to be
    
integrated within the patient-centered health care plan that establishes nursing diagnoses, and setting goals to meet identified health care needs, determining nursing interventions, and implementation of nursing care through the execution of nursing strategies and regimens ordered or prescribed by authorized healthcare professionals.
        (3) The administration of medication or delegation
    
of medication administration to licensed practical nurses.
        (4) Delegation of nursing interventions to implement
    
the plan of care.
        (5) The provision for the maintenance of safe and
    
effective nursing care rendered directly or through delegation.
        (6) Advocating for patients.
        (7) The evaluation of responses to interventions and
    
the effectiveness of the plan of care.
        (8) Communicating and collaborating with other
    
health care professionals.
        (9) The procurement and application of new knowledge
    
and technologies.
        (10) The provision of health education and counseling.
        (11) Participating in development of policies,
    
procedures, and systems to support patient safety.
(Source: P.A. 95-639, eff. 10-5-07.)

225 ILCS 65/60-40

    (225 ILCS 65/60-40)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
    Sec. 60-40. Continuing education for RN licensees. The Department may adopt rules of continuing education for registered professional nurses licensed under this Act that require 20 hours of continuing education per 2-year license renewal cycle. The rules shall address variances in part or in whole for good cause, including without limitation illness or hardship. The continuing education rules must ensure that licensees are given the opportunity to participate in programs sponsored by or through their State or national professional associations, hospitals, or other providers of continuing education. Each licensee is responsible for maintaining records of completion of continuing education and shall be prepared to produce the records when requested by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 95-639, eff. 10-5-07.)