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Program, a 2-year pilot
program established by the State to
improve staffing levels to minimize or eliminate the use of
mandatory overtime at State operated facilities.
"State operated facility" means one of the following
facilities: Manteno Veterans Home, Chester
Center, or Sheridan Correctional Center.
(b) The Registered Nurse Registry Pilot Program is
established to serve the staffing needs of State operated
facilities. The program shall be administered by the
Department. The program shall terminate on a date 2 years after
the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General
(c) The Department shall develop and maintain an in-house
registry of extra help employees for State operated facilities.
The in-house registry shall meet the following requirements:
(1) The in-house registry shall not be used to replace
budgeted positions for either full-time or part-time
Registered Nurse I or Correctional Nurse I.
(2) The in-house registry shall be developed in
collaboration with RN stakeholders currently
State operated facilities.
(d) The Department may appoint a Registered
Nurse I or
Correctional Nurse I to an extra help appointment for work the
State operated facility attests to be
emergent in nature and
which meets the following conditions:
(1) The amount of time for which the services are
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needed is not
(2) Payment for work performed is made on an hourly
(3) The work cannot readily be assigned on a voluntary
basis, or on a straight-time or overtime basis, to a
full-time or part-time employee.
(e) The Department shall appoint an extra help employee by
to the State operated facility from the
in-house registry. An employee's acceptance or refusal of an
extra help appointment shall in no way affect the employee's
status on the in-house registry or on any other register
maintained by the
Department or the State operated facility.
(f) A State operated facility may use an extra help
employee for a maximum of 900
hours of actual work in any
consecutive 12 calendar months.
The State operated facility
shall review the status of the appointment at least
calendar months. If at any time it is found that the
appointment no longer meets the requirements of this paragraph
or subsection (d), the Department shall terminate the extra
If an extra help employee has accrued 900
consecutive hours, the
appointment at that State operated
facility may not be reestablished until 6 months have elapsed
from the date of the termination of the appointment. Upon
working 900 hours, an extra help employee may not
reappointed as an extra help employee at a State operated
facility for 30 calendar days after reaching the 900-hour