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305 ILCS 5/5-5.01b

    (305 ILCS 5/5-5.01b)
    Sec. 5-5.01b. Certified Nursing Assistant Intern Program.
    (a) The Department shall establish or approve a Certified Nursing Assistant Intern Program to address the increasing need for trained health care workers for the supporting living facilities program established under Section 5-5.01a. Upon successful completion of the classroom education and on-the-job training requirements of the Program under this Section, an individual may provide, at a facility certified under this Act, the patient and resident care services determined under the Program and may perform the procedures listed under subsection (d).
    (b) In order to qualify as a certified nursing assistant intern, an individual shall successfully complete at least 8 hours of classroom education on the services and procedures listed under subsection (d). The classroom education shall be:
        (1) taken within the facility where the certified
    
nursing assistant intern will be employed;
        (2) proctored by either an advanced practice
    
registered nurse or a registered nurse who holds a bachelor's degree in nursing, has a minimum of 3 years of continuous experience in geriatric care, or is certified as a nursing assistant instructor; and
        (3) satisfied by the successful completion of an
    
approved 8-hour online training course or in-person group training.
    (c) In order to qualify as a certified nursing assistant intern, an individual shall successfully complete at least 24 hours of on-the-job training in the services and procedures determined under the Program and listed under subsection (d), as follows:
        (1) The training program instructor shall be either
    
an advanced practice registered nurse or a registered nurse who holds a bachelor's degree in nursing, has a minimum of 3 years of continuous experience in geriatric care, or is certified as a nursing assistant instructor.
        (2) The training program instructor shall ensure that
    
the student meets the competencies determined under the Program and those listed under subsection (d). The instructor shall document the successful completion or failure of the competencies and any remediation that may allow for the successful completion of the competencies.
        (3) All on-the-job training shall be under the direct
    
observation of either an advanced practice registered nurse or a registered nurse who holds a bachelor's degree in nursing, has a minimum of 3 years of continuous experience in geriatric care, or is certified as a nursing assistant instructor.
        (4) All on-the-job training shall be conducted at a
    
facility that is licensed by the State of Illinois and that is the facility where the certified nursing assistant intern will be working.
    (d) A certified nursing assistant intern shall receive classroom and on-the-job training on how to provide the patient or resident care services and procedures, as determined under the Program, that are required of a certified nursing assistant's performance skills, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
        (1) Successful completion and maintenance of active
    
certification in both first aid and the American Red Cross' courses on cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
        (2) Infection control and in-service training
    
required at the facility.
        (3) Washing a resident's hands.
        (4) Performing oral hygiene on a resident.
        (5) Shaving a resident with an electric razor.
        (6) Giving a resident a partial bath.
        (7) Making a bed that is occupied.
        (8) Dressing a resident.
        (9) Transferring a resident to a wheelchair using a
    
gait belt or transfer belt.
        (10) Ambulating a resident with a gait belt or
    
transfer belt.
        (11) Feeding a resident.
        (12) Calculating a resident's intake and output.
        (13) Placing a resident in a side-lying position.
        (14) The Heimlich maneuver.
    (e) A certified nursing assistant intern may not perform any of the following on a resident:
        (1) Shaving with a nonelectric razor.
        (2) Nail care.
        (3) Perineal care.
        (4) Transfer using a mechanical lift.
        (5) Passive range of motion.
    (f) A certified nursing assistant intern may only provide the patient or resident care services and perform the procedures that he or she is deemed qualified to perform that are listed under subsection (d). A certified nursing assistant intern may not provide the procedures excluded under subsection (e).
    (g) A certified nursing assistant intern shall report to a facility's charge nurse or nursing supervisor and may only be assigned duties authorized in this Section by a supervising nurse.
    (h) A facility shall notify its certified and licensed staff members, in writing, that a certified nursing assistant intern may only provide the services and perform the procedures listed under subsection (d). The notification shall detail which duties may be delegated to a certified nursing assistant intern.
    (i) If a facility learns that a certified nursing assistant intern is performing work outside of the scope of the Program's training, the facility shall:
        (1) stop the certified nursing assistant intern from
    
performing the work;
        (2) inspect the work and correct mistakes, if the
    
work performed was done improperly;
        (3) assign the work to the appropriate personnel; and
        (4) ensure that a thorough assessment of any resident
    
involved in the work performed is completed by a registered nurse.
    (j) The Program is subject to the Health Care Worker Background Check Act and the Health Care Worker Background Check Code under 77 Ill. Adm. Code 955. Program participants and personnel shall be included on the Health Care Worker Registry.
    (k) A Program participant who has completed the training required under paragraph (5) of subsection (a) of Section 3-206 of the Nursing Home Care Act, has completed the Program from April 21, 2020 through September 18, 2020, and has shown competency in all of the performance skills listed under subsection (d) shall be considered a certified nursing assistant intern.
    (l) The requirement under subsection (b) of Section 395.400 of Title 77 of the Illinois Administrative Code that a student must pass a BNATP written competency examination within 12 months after the completion of the BNATP does not apply to a certified nursing assistant intern under this Section. However, upon a Program participant's enrollment in a certified nursing assistant course, the requirement under subsection (b) of Section 395.400 of Title 77 of the Illinois Administrative Code that a student pass a BNATP written competency examination within 12 months after completion of the BNATP program applies.
    (m) A certified nursing assistant intern shall enroll in a certified nursing assistant program within 6 months after completing his or her certified nursing assistant intern training under the Program. The individual may continue to work as a certified nursing assistant intern during his or her certified nursing assistant training. If the scope of work for a nurse assistant in training pursuant to 77 Ill. Adm. Code 300.660 is broader in scope than the work permitted to be performed by a certified nursing assistant intern, then the certified nursing assistant intern enrolled in certified nursing assistant training may perform the work allowed under 77. Ill. Adm. Code 300.660. The individual shall receive one hour of credit for every hour employed as a certified nursing assistant intern or as a temporary nurse assistant, not to exceed 30 hours of credit, subject to the approval of an accredited certified nursing assistant training program.
    (n) A facility that seeks to train and employ a certified nursing assistant intern at the facility must:
        (1) not have received a substantiated citation, that
    
the facility has the right to the appeal, for a violation that has caused severe harm to or the death of a resident within the 2 years prior to employing a certified nursing assistant intern; and
        (2) establish a certified nursing assistant intern
    
mentoring program within the facility for the purposes of increasing education and retention, which must include an experienced certified nurse assistant who has at least 3 years of active employment and is employed by the facility.
    (o) A facility that does not meet the requirements of subsection (n) shall cease its new employment training, education, or onboarding of any employee under the Program. The facility may resume its new employment training, education, or onboarding of an employee under the Program once the Department determines that the facility is in compliance with subsection (n).
    (p) To study the effectiveness of the Program, the Department shall collect data from participating facilities and publish a report on the extent to which the Program brought individuals into continuing employment as certified nursing assistants in long-term care. Data collected from facilities shall include, but shall not be limited to, the number of certified nursing assistants employed, the number of persons who began participation in the Program, the number of persons who successfully completed the Program, and the number of persons who continue employment in a long-term care service or facility. The report shall be published no later than 6 months after the Program end date determined under subsection (r). A facility participating in the Program shall, twice annually, submit data under this subsection in a manner and time determined by the Department. Failure to submit data under this subsection shall result in suspension of the facility's Program.
    (q) The Department may adopt emergency rules in accordance with Section 5-45.22 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
    (r) The Program shall end upon the termination of the Secretary of Health and Human Services' public health emergency declaration for COVID-19 or 3 years after the date that the Program becomes operational, whichever occurs later.
    (s) This Section is inoperative 18 months after the Program end date determined under subsection (r).
(Source: P.A. 102-1037, eff. 6-2-22.)