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Full Text of SB2998  98th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning regulation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Nurse Practice Act is amended by changing
5Section 65-5 as follows:
6    (225 ILCS 65/65-5)   (was 225 ILCS 65/15-10)
7    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
8    Sec. 65-5. Qualifications for APN licensure.
9    (a) Each applicant who successfully meets the requirements
10of this Section shall be entitled to licensure as an advanced
11practice nurse.
12    (b) An applicant for licensure to practice as an advanced
13practice nurse must do each of the following:
14        (1) Submit a completed application and any fees as
15    established by the Department.
16        (2) Hold a current license to practice as a registered
17    professional nurse under this Act.
18        (3) Have successfully completed requirements to
19    practice as, and holds and maintains a current, national
20    certification as, a nurse midwife, clinical nurse
21    specialist, nurse practitioner, or certified registered
22    nurse anesthetist from the appropriate national certifying
23    body as determined by rule of the Department.



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1        (4) Have obtained a graduate degree appropriate for
2    national certification in a clinical advanced practice
3    nursing specialty or a graduate degree or post-master's
4    certificate from a graduate level program in a clinical
5    advanced practice nursing specialty.
6        (5) Have not violated the provisions of this Act
7    concerning the grounds for disciplinary action. The
8    Department may take into consideration any felony
9    conviction of the applicant, but such a conviction may not
10    operate as an absolute bar to licensure.
11        (6) Submit to the criminal history records check
12    required under Section 50-35 of this Act.
13    (b-5) A registered professional nurse seeking licensure as
14an advanced practice nurse in the category of certified
15registered nurse anesthetist who does not have a graduate
16degree as described in subsection (b) of this Section shall be
17qualified for licensure if that person:
18        (1) submits evidence of having successfully completed
19    a nurse anesthesia program described in item (4) of
20    subsection (b) of this Section prior to January 1, 1999;
21        (2) submits evidence of certification as a registered
22    nurse anesthetist by an appropriate national certifying
23    body; and
24        (3) has continually maintained active, up-to-date
25    recertification status as a certified registered nurse
26    anesthetist by an appropriate national recertifying body.



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1    (b-10) The Department shall issue a certified registered
2nurse anesthetist license to an APN who (i) does not have a
3graduate degree, (ii) applies for licensure before July 1,
42018, and (iii) submits all of the following to the Department:
5        (1) His or her current State registered nurse license
6    number.
7        (2) Proof of current national certification, which
8    includes the completion of an examination from either of
9    the following:
10            (A) the Council on Certification of the American
11        Association of Nurse Anesthetists; or
12            (B) the Council on Recertification of the American
13        Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
14        (3) Proof of the successful completion of a post-basic
15    advanced practice formal education program in the area of
16    nurse anesthesia prior to January 1, 1999.
17        (4) His or her complete work history for the 5-year
18    period immediately preceding the date of his or her
19    application.
20        (5) Verification of licensure as an advanced practice
21    nurse from the state in which he or she was originally
22    licensed, current state of licensure, and any other state
23    in which he or she has been actively practicing as an
24    advanced practice nurse within the 5-year period
25    immediately preceding the date of his or her application.
26    If applicable, this verification must state:



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1            (A) the time during which he or she was licensed in
2        each state, including the date of the original issuance
3        of each license; and
4            (B) any disciplinary action taken or pending
5        concerning any nursing license held, currently or in
6        the past, by the applicant.
7        (6) The required fee.
8    (c) Those applicants seeking licensure in more than one
9advanced practice nursing specialty need not possess multiple
10graduate degrees. Applicants may be eligible for licenses for
11multiple advanced practice nurse licensure specialties,
12provided that the applicant (i) has met the requirements for at
13least one advanced practice nursing specialty under paragraphs
14(3) and (5) of subsection (a) of this Section, (ii) possesses
15an additional graduate education that results in a certificate
16for another clinical advanced practice nurse specialty and that
17meets the requirements for the national certification from the
18appropriate nursing specialty, and (iii) holds a current
19national certification from the appropriate national
20certifying body for that additional advanced practice nursing
22    (d) Any person who holds a valid license as an advanced
23practice nurse issued under this Act as this Act existed before
24the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General
25Assembly shall be subject only to the advanced practice nurse
26license renewal requirements of this Act as this Act exists on



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1and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th
2General Assembly upon the expiration of that license.
3(Source: P.A. 95-639, eff. 10-5-07; 96-189, eff. 8-10-09.)