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Full Text of SB2696  95th General Assembly



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1     AN ACT concerning regulation.
2     Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3 represented in the General Assembly:
4     Section 5. The Nurse Practice Act is amended by changing
5 Section 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7     (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)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
10 of this Section shall be entitled to licensure as an advanced
11 practice nurse.
12     (b) An applicant for licensure to practice as an advanced
13 practice 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 a current, national certification
20     as, a nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist, nurse
21     practitioner, or certified registered nurse anesthetist
22     from the appropriate national certifying body as
23     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
14 an advanced practice nurse in the category of certified
15 registered nurse anesthetist who does not have a graduate
16 degree as described in subsection (b) of this Section shall be
17 qualified 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
2 nurse anesthetist license to an APN who (i) does not have a
3 graduate degree, (ii) applies for licensure before July 1,
4 2018, 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
9 advanced practice nursing specialty need not possess multiple
10 graduate degrees. Applicants may be eligible for licenses for
11 multiple advanced practice nurse licensure specialties,
12 provided that the applicant (i) has met the requirements for at
13 least one advanced practice nursing specialty under paragraphs
14 (3) and (5) of subsection (a) of this Section, (ii) possesses
15 an additional graduate education that results in a certificate
16 for another clinical advanced practice nurse specialty and that
17 meets the requirements for the national certification from the
18 appropriate nursing specialty, and (iii) holds a current
19 national certification from the appropriate national
20 certifying body for that additional advanced practice nursing
21 specialty.
22     (d) Any person who holds a valid license as an advanced
23 practice nurse issued under this Act as this Act existed before
24 the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General
25 Assembly shall be subject only to the advanced practice nurse
26 license renewal requirements of this Act as this Act exists on



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1 and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th
2 General Assembly upon the expiration of that license.
3 (Source: P.A. 94-348, eff. 7-28-05; 95-639, eff. 10-5-07.)
4     Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
5 becoming law.