(210 ILCS 50/3.75)
Trauma Nurse Specialist (TNS) licensure.
(a) "Trauma Nurse Specialist" or "TNS"
means a registered professional nurse licensed under the Nurse Practice Act who has successfully completed supplemental
education and testing requirements as prescribed by the
Department, and is licensed by the Department in accordance
with rules adopted by the Department pursuant to this Act. For out-of-state facilities that have Illinois recognition under the EMS, trauma, or pediatric programs, the professional shall have an unencumbered registered nurse license in the state in which he or she practices. In this Section, the term "license" is used to reflect a change in terminology from "certification" to "license" only.
(b) The Department shall have the authority and
(1) Establish criteria for TNS training sites,
through rules adopted pursuant to this Act;
(2) Prescribe education and testing requirements for
TNS candidates, which shall include an opportunity for licensure based on examination only, through rules adopted pursuant to this Act;
(3) Charge each candidate for TNS licensure a fee to
be submitted with an application for a licensure examination, an application for licensure, and an application for relicensure;
(4) License an individual as a TNS who has met the
Department's education and testing requirements;
(5) Prescribe relicensure requirements through rules
adopted pursuant to this Act;
(6) Relicense an individual as a TNS every 4 years,
based on compliance with relicensure requirements;
(7) Grant inactive status to any TNS who qualifies,
based on standards and procedures established by the Department in rules adopted pursuant to this Act; and
(8) Suspend, revoke, or refuse to issue or renew the
license of a TNS, after an opportunity for hearing by the Department, if findings show that the TNS has failed to maintain proficiency in the level of skills for which the TNS is licensed or has failed to comply with relicensure requirements.
(Source: P.A. 98-973, eff. 8-15-14.)