TITLE 77: PUBLIC HEALTH
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SUBCHAPTER g: GRANTS TO DENTAL AND MEDICAL STUDENTS
PART 597 NURSING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS
SECTION 597.330 DEFERMENT OF NURSE EMPLOYMENT OR NURSE EDUCATOR EMPLOYMENT OBLIGATION


 

Section 597.330  Deferment of Nurse Employment or Nurse Educator Employment Obligation

 

A request to defer the recipient's nurse employment or nurse educator employment obligation shall be submitted in writing to the Department.  The request shall detail the reasons for the deferment and shall be accompanied and supported by documentation as described in this Section.

 

a)         Deferment of the nurse employment obligation may include the recipient:

 

1)         Spending up to four years in military service before or after graduation.  The recipient shall notify the Department within 30 days after enlisting in military service. (Section 6 of the Law)

 

2)         Enrolling in an academic program leading to a higher degree or a graduate degree in nursing.  If the recipient receives funding through the Nursing Education Scholarship Program for a higher degree, the nursing employment obligation shall be deferred until he or she is no longer enrolled or has graduated.  The recipient shall notify the Department within 30 days if he or she is enrolled in an academic program leading to a graduate degree in nursing. (Section 6 of the Law)

 

3)         Failing to fulfill the nursing employment obligation by involuntarily leaving the profession due to a decrease in the number of nurses employed in the State.  When requesting a deferral, the recipient shall provide documentation to the Department demonstrating that nursing positions do not exist in that area.  The following website shall be used to provide documentation:  https://illinoisjoblink.illinois.gov/ada/skillmatch/

jobseeker_jbs_jobserch_dsp.cfm.  If a deferment is granted, it will be re-evaluated every 6 months. (Section 6 of the Law)

 

4)         Providing documentation of a physical or mental health disability that results in the recipient's temporary inability to fulfill the obligation.  Documentation shall include an explanation from a licensed health care professional attesting to the recipient's temporary inability to fulfill the obligation.  This deferment may be granted for up to one year.

 

5)         Requesting up to 12 weeks leave for maternity, paternity or adoption leave.  If the recipient's leave will exceed 12 weeks, a deferment may be granted based on documented medical need.

 

6)         The recipient must begin meeting the required nursing employment obligations no later than 6 months after the end of the deferments. (Section 6 of the Law)

 

b)         Deferment of the nurse educator employment obligation may include the recipient:

 

1)         Spending up to four years in military service before or after graduation.  The recipient shall receive a deferment if he or she notifies the Department, within 30 days after enlisting, that he or she is spending up to 4 years in military service. (Section 6.5(d) of the Law)

 

2)         Enrolling in an academic program leading to a graduate degree in nursing.  A recipient shall receive a deferment if he or she notifies the Department within 30 days after enrolling that he or she is enrolled in an academic program leading to a graduate degree in nursing. (Section 6.5(d) of the Law)

 

3)         Providing documentation of a physical or mental health disability that results in the recipient's temporary inability to fulfill his or her employment obligation.  Documentation shall include an explanation from a licensed health care professional attesting to the recipient's temporary inability to fulfill the nurse employment obligation.  This deferment may be granted for up to one year.

 

4)         Requesting up to 12 weeks for maternity, paternity or adoption leave.  If the recipient's leave will exceed 12 weeks, a deferment may be granted based on documented medical need.

 

5)         The nurse educator employment obligation may be deferred and re-evaluated every 6 months when the failure to fulfill the nurse educator employment obligation results from involuntarily leaving the profession due to a decrease in the number of nurses employed in this State.  (Section 6.5(d) of the Law)  When requesting this deferral, the recipient will need to provide documentation to the Department that nurse educator positions do not exist in his or her area.  The following website will be used to provide documentation:  http://nursing.illinois.gov/ads.asp.

 

6)         The Department may allow a nurse educator employment obligation fulfillment alternative if the nurse educator scholarship recipient is unsuccessful in finding work as a nurse educator.  (Section 6.5(d) of the Law)  Prior to the Department approving an alternative to the obligation, the recipient will need to provide documentation that nurse educator positions do not exist in his or her area.  The following website will be used to provide documentation:  http://nursing.illinois.gov/ads.asp.  If the recipient demonstrates that no nurse educator positions exist, the Department will allow the recipient to fulfill the service obligation by working as a nurse in a medical facility in Illinois providing direct patient care.

 

7)         The recipient must begin meeting the required nurse educator employment obligation no later than 6 months after the end of the deferment or deferments. (Section 6.5(d) of the Law)

 

c)         Recipients who receive a deferment shall have their nurse employment or nurse educator employment obligation tolled.  The tolling of these requirements shall equal the recipient's period of deferment.

 

                                                                                                                                    (Source:  Amended at 40 Ill. Reg. 7113, effective April 21, 2016)