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(225 ILCS 65/70-5)
(was 225 ILCS 65/10-45)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
Grounds for disciplinary action.
(a) The Department may
refuse to issue or
to renew, or may revoke, suspend, place on
probation, reprimand, or take other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action as the Department
may deem appropriate, including fines not to exceed $10,000 per violation, with regard to a license for any one or combination
of the causes set forth in subsection (b) below.
All fines collected under this Section shall be deposited in the Nursing
Dedicated and Professional Fund.
(b) Grounds for disciplinary action include the following:
(1) Material deception in furnishing information to
(2) Material violations of any provision of this Act
or violation of the rules of or final administrative action of the Secretary, after consideration of the recommendation of the Board.
(3) Conviction by plea of guilty or nolo contendere,
finding of guilt, jury verdict, or entry of judgment or by sentencing of any crime, including, but not limited to, convictions, preceding sentences of supervision, conditional discharge, or first offender probation, under the laws of any jurisdiction of the United States: (i) that is a felony; or (ii) that is a misdemeanor, an essential element of which is dishonesty, or that is directly related to the practice of the profession.
(4) A pattern of practice or other behavior which
demonstrates incapacity or incompetency to practice under this Act.
(5) Knowingly aiding or assisting another person in
violating any provision of this Act or rules.
(6) Failing, within 90 days, to provide a response to
a request for information in response to a written request made by the Department by certified or registered mail or by email to the email address of record.
(7) Engaging in dishonorable, unethical, or
unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public, as defined by rule.
(8) Unlawful taking, theft, selling, distributing, or
manufacturing of any drug, narcotic, or prescription device.
(9) Habitual or excessive use or addiction to
alcohol, narcotics, stimulants, or any other chemical agent or drug that could result in a licensee's inability to practice with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety.
(10) Discipline by another U.S. jurisdiction or
foreign nation, if at least one of the grounds for the discipline is the same or substantially equivalent to those set forth in this Section.
(11) A finding that the licensee, after having her or
his license placed on probationary status or subject to conditions or restrictions, has violated the terms of probation or failed to comply with such terms or conditions.
(12) Being named as a perpetrator in an indicated
report by the Department of Children and Family Services and under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, and upon proof by clear and convincing evidence that the licensee has caused a child to be an abused child or neglected child as defined in the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
(13) Willful omission to file or record, or willfully
impeding the filing or recording or inducing another person to omit to file or record medical reports as required by law.
(13.5) Willfully failing to report an instance of
suspected child abuse or neglect as required by the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
(14) Gross negligence in the practice of practical,
professional, or advanced practice registered nursing.
(15) Holding oneself out to be practicing nursing
under any name other than one's own.
(16) Failure of a licensee to report to the
Department any adverse final action taken against him or her by another licensing jurisdiction of the United States or any foreign state or country, any peer review body, any health care institution, any professional or nursing society or association, any governmental agency, any law enforcement agency, or any court or a nursing liability claim related to acts or conduct similar to acts or conduct that would constitute grounds for action as defined in this Section.
(17) Failure of a licensee to report to the
Department surrender by the licensee of a license or authorization to practice nursing or advanced practice registered nursing in another state or jurisdiction or current surrender by the licensee of membership on any nursing staff or in any nursing or advanced practice registered nursing or professional association or society while under disciplinary investigation by any of those authorities or bodies for acts or conduct similar to acts or conduct that would constitute grounds for action as defined by this Section.
(18) Failing, within 60 days, to provide information
in response to a written request made by the Department.
(19) Failure to establish and maintain records of
patient care and treatment as required by law.
(20) Fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation in applying
for or procuring a license under this Act or in connection with applying for renewal of a license under this Act.
(21) Allowing another person or organization to use
the licensee's license to deceive the public.
(22) Willfully making or filing false records or
reports in the licensee's practice, including, but not limited to, false records to support claims against the medical assistance program of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (formerly Department of Public Aid) under the Illinois Public Aid Code.
(23) Attempting to subvert or cheat on a licensing
examination administered under this Act.
(24) Immoral conduct in the commission of an act,
including, but not limited to, sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, or sexual exploitation, related to the licensee's practice.
(25) Willfully or negligently violating the
confidentiality between nurse and patient except as required by law.
(26) Practicing under a false or assumed name, except
(27) The use of any false, fraudulent, or deceptive
statement in any document connected with the licensee's practice.
(28) Directly or indirectly giving to or receiving
from a person, firm, corporation, partnership, or association a fee, commission, rebate, or other form of compensation for professional services not actually or personally rendered. Nothing in this paragraph (28) affects any bona fide independent contractor or employment arrangements among health care professionals, health facilities, health care providers, or other entities, except as otherwise prohibited by law. Any employment arrangements may include provisions for compensation, health insurance, pension, or other employment benefits for the provision of services within the scope of the licensee's practice under this Act. Nothing in this paragraph (28) shall be construed to require an employment arrangement to receive professional fees for services rendered.
(29) A violation of the Health Care Worker
(30) Physical illness, mental illness, or disability
that results in the inability to practice the profession with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety.
(31) Exceeding the terms of a collaborative
agreement or the prescriptive authority delegated to a licensee by his or her collaborating physician or podiatric physician in guidelines established under a written collaborative agreement.
(32) Making a false or misleading statement
regarding a licensee's skill or the efficacy or value of the medicine, treatment, or remedy prescribed by him or her in the course of treatment.
(33) Prescribing, selling, administering,
distributing, giving, or self-administering a drug classified as a controlled substance (designated product) or narcotic for other than medically accepted therapeutic purposes.
(34) Promotion of the sale of drugs, devices,
appliances, or goods provided for a patient in a manner to exploit the patient for financial gain.
(35) Violating State or federal laws, rules, or
regulations relating to controlled substances.
(36) Willfully or negligently violating the
confidentiality between an advanced practice registered nurse, collaborating physician, dentist, or podiatric physician and a patient, except as required by law.
(37) Willfully failing to report an instance of
suspected abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, or self-neglect of an eligible adult as defined in and required by the Adult Protective Services Act.
(38) Being named as an abuser in a verified report
by the Department on Aging and under the Adult Protective Services Act, and upon proof by clear and convincing evidence that the licensee abused, neglected, or financially exploited an eligible adult as defined in the Adult Protective Services Act.
(39) A violation of any provision of this Act or any
rules adopted under this Act.
(40) Violating the Compassionate Use of Medical
(b-5) The Department shall not revoke, suspend, summarily suspend, place on probation, reprimand, refuse to issue or renew, or take any other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action against the license or permit issued under this Act to practice as a registered nurse or an advanced practice registered nurse based solely upon the registered nurse or advanced practice registered nurse providing, authorizing, recommending, aiding, assisting, referring for, or otherwise participating in any health care service, so long as the care was not unlawful under the laws of this State, regardless of whether the patient was a resident of this State or another state.
(b-10) The Department shall not revoke, suspend, summarily suspend, place on prohibition, reprimand, refuse to issue or renew, or take any other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action against the license or permit issued under this Act to practice as a registered nurse or an advanced practice registered nurse based upon the registered nurse's or advanced practice registered nurse's license being revoked or suspended, or the registered nurse or advanced practice registered nurse being otherwise disciplined by any other state, if that revocation, suspension, or other form of discipline was based solely on the registered nurse or advanced practice registered nurse violating another state's laws prohibiting the provision of, authorization of, recommendation of, aiding or assisting in, referring for, or participation in any health care service if that health care service as provided would not have been unlawful under the laws of this State and is consistent with the standards of conduct for the registered nurse or advanced practice registered nurse practicing in Illinois.
(b-15) The conduct specified in subsections (b-5) and (b-10) shall not trigger reporting requirements under Section 65-65 or constitute grounds for suspension under Section 70-60.
(b-20) An applicant seeking licensure, certification, or authorization under this Act who has been subject to disciplinary action by a duly authorized professional disciplinary agency of another jurisdiction solely on the basis of having provided, authorized, recommended, aided, assisted, referred for, or otherwise participated in health care shall not be denied such licensure, certification, or authorization, unless the Department determines that such action would have constituted professional misconduct in this State; however, nothing in this Section shall be construed as prohibiting the Department from evaluating the conduct of such applicant and making a determination regarding the licensure, certification, or authorization to practice a profession under this Act.
(c) The determination by a circuit court that a licensee is
involuntary admission or judicial admission as provided in the Mental
Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, as amended, operates as an
automatic suspension. The suspension will end only upon a finding
court that the patient is no longer subject to involuntary admission or
judicial admission and issues an order so finding and discharging the
patient; and upon the recommendation of the Board to the
the licensee be allowed to resume his or her practice.
(d) The Department may refuse to issue or may suspend or otherwise discipline the
license of any
person who fails to file a return, or to pay the tax, penalty or interest
shown in a filed return, or to pay any final assessment of the tax,
penalty, or interest as required by any tax Act administered by the
Department of Revenue, until such time as the requirements of any
such tax Act are satisfied.
(e) In enforcing this Act, the Department,
upon a showing of a
violation, may compel an individual licensed to practice under this Act or
who has applied for licensure under this Act, to submit
to a mental or physical examination, or both, as required by and at the expense
of the Department. The Department may order the examining physician to
testimony concerning the mental or physical examination of the licensee or
applicant. No information shall be excluded by reason of any common law or
statutory privilege relating to communications between the licensee or
applicant and the examining physician. The examining
shall be specifically designated by the Department.
The individual to be examined may have, at his or her own expense, another
physician of his or her choice present during all
aspects of this examination. Failure of an individual to submit to a mental
physical examination, when directed, shall result in an automatic
suspension without hearing.
All substance-related violations shall mandate an automatic substance abuse assessment. Failure to submit to an assessment by a licensed physician who is certified as an addictionist or an advanced practice registered nurse with specialty certification in addictions may be grounds for an automatic suspension, as defined by rule.
If the Department finds an individual unable to practice or unfit for duty because
set forth in this subsection (e), the Department may require that individual
a substance abuse evaluation or treatment by individuals or programs
or designated by the Department, as a condition, term, or restriction
for continued, restored, or
renewed licensure to practice; or, in lieu of evaluation or treatment,
the Department may file, or
the Board may recommend to the Department to file, a complaint to immediately
suspend, revoke, or otherwise discipline the license of the individual.
An individual whose
license was granted, continued, restored, renewed, disciplined, or supervised
subject to such terms, conditions, or restrictions, and who fails to comply
such terms, conditions, or restrictions, shall be referred to the Secretary for
determination as to whether the individual shall have his or her license
suspended immediately, pending a hearing by the Department.
In instances in which the Secretary immediately suspends a person's license
under this subsection (e), a hearing on that person's license must be convened by
the Department within 15 days after the suspension and completed without
The Department and Board shall have the authority to review the subject
individual's record of
treatment and counseling regarding the impairment to the extent permitted by
applicable federal statutes and regulations safeguarding the confidentiality of
An individual licensed under this Act and affected under this subsection (e) shall
afforded an opportunity to demonstrate to the Department that he or
she can resume
practice in compliance with nursing standards under the
provisions of his or her license.
(f) The Department may adopt rules to implement the changes made by this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 101-363, eff. 8-9-19; 102-558, eff. 8-20-21; 102-1117, eff. 1-13-23.)