(210 ILCS 50/3.80)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-1082)
    Sec. 3.80. Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse and Emergency Communications Registered Nurse.
    (a) "Emergency Communications Registered Nurse" or "ECRN" means a registered professional nurse licensed under the Nurse Practice Act who has successfully completed supplemental education in accordance with rules adopted by the Department, and who is approved by an EMS Medical Director to monitor telecommunications from and give voice orders to EMS System personnel, under the authority of the EMS Medical Director and in accordance with System protocols. 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) "Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse", "PHRN", or "Pre-Hospital RN" means a registered professional nurse licensed under the Nurse Practice Act who has successfully completed supplemental education in accordance with rules adopted by the Department pursuant to this Act, and who is approved by an EMS Medical Director to practice within an Illinois EMS System as emergency medical services personnel for pre-hospital and inter-hospital emergency care and non-emergency medical transports. 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.
    (c) The Department shall have the authority and responsibility to:
        (1) Prescribe education and continuing education
    
requirements for Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse and ECRN candidates through rules adopted pursuant to this Act:
            (A) Education for Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse
        
shall include extrication, telecommunications, and pre-hospital cardiac, medical, and trauma care;
            (B) Education for ECRN shall include
        
telecommunications, System standing medical orders and the procedures and protocols established by the EMS Medical Director;
            (C) A Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse candidate who
        
is fulfilling clinical training and in-field supervised experience requirements may perform prescribed procedures under the direct supervision of a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, a qualified registered professional nurse or a qualified EMT, only when authorized by the EMS Medical Director;
            (D) An EMS Medical Director may impose in-field
        
supervised field experience requirements on System ECRNs as part of their training or continuing education, in which they perform prescribed procedures under the direct supervision of a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, a qualified registered professional nurse, or qualified EMS personnel, only when authorized by the EMS Medical Director;
        (2) Require EMS Medical Directors to reapprove
    
Pre-Hospital Registered Nurses and ECRNs every 4 years, based on compliance with continuing education requirements prescribed by the Department through rules adopted pursuant to this Act;
        (3) Allow EMS Medical Directors to grant inactive
    
status to any Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse or ECRN who qualifies, based on standards and procedures established by the Department in rules adopted pursuant to this Act;
        (4) Require a Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse to honor
    
Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders and powers of attorney for health care only in accordance with rules adopted by the Department pursuant to this Act and protocols of the EMS System in which he or she practices;
        (5) Charge each Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse
    
applicant and ECRN applicant a fee for licensure and relicensure.
    (d) The Department shall have the authority to suspend, revoke, or refuse to issue or renew a Department-issued PHRN or ECRN license when, after notice and the opportunity for a hearing, the Department demonstrates that the licensee has violated this Act, violated the rules adopted by the Department, or failed to comply with the applicable standards of care.
(Source: P.A. 98-973, eff. 8-15-14.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-1082)
    Sec. 3.80. Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse, Pre-Hospital Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Pre-Hospital Physician Assistant, and Emergency Communications Registered Nurse.
    (a) "Emergency Communications Registered Nurse" or "ECRN" means a registered professional nurse licensed under the Nurse Practice Act who has successfully completed supplemental education in accordance with rules adopted by the Department, and who is approved by an EMS Medical Director to monitor telecommunications from and give voice orders to EMS System personnel, under the authority of the EMS Medical Director and in accordance with System protocols. 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) "Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse", "PHRN", or "Pre-Hospital RN" means a registered professional nurse licensed under the Nurse Practice Act who has successfully completed supplemental education in accordance with rules adopted by the Department pursuant to this Act, and who is approved by an EMS Medical Director to practice within an Illinois EMS System as emergency medical services personnel for pre-hospital and inter-hospital emergency care and non-emergency medical transports. 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-5) "Pre-Hospital Advanced Practice Registered Nurse", "PHAPRN", or "Pre-Hospital APRN" means an advanced practice registered nurse licensed under the Nurse Practice Act who has successfully completed supplemental education in accordance with rules adopted by the Department pursuant to this Act, and who has the approval of an EMS Medical Director to practice within an Illinois EMS System as emergency medical services personnel for pre-hospital and inter-hospital emergency care and non-emergency medical transports. For out-of-state facilities that have Illinois recognition under the EMS, trauma or pediatric programs, the professional shall have an unencumbered advanced practice registered nurse license in the state in which he or she practices.
    (b-10) "Pre-Hospital Physician Assistant", "PHPA", or "Pre-Hospital PA" means a physician assistant licensed under the Physician Assistant Practice Act of 1987 who has successfully completed supplemental education in accordance with rules adopted by the Department pursuant to this Act, and who has the approval of an EMS Medical Director to practice within an Illinois EMS System as emergency medical services personnel for pre-hospital and inter-hospital emergency care and non-emergency medical transports. For out-of-state facilities that have Illinois recognition under the EMS, trauma or pediatric programs, the professional shall have an unencumbered physician assistant license in the state in which he or she practices.
    (c) The Department shall have the authority and responsibility to:
        (1) Prescribe or pre-approve education and continuing
    
education requirements for Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse, Pre-Hospital Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Pre-Hospital Physician Assistant, and ECRN candidates through rules adopted pursuant to this Act:
            (A) Education for a Pre-Hospital Registered
        
Nurse, a Pre-Hospital Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, or a Pre-Hospital Physician Assistant shall include extrication, telecommunications, EMS System standing medical orders, the procedures and protocols established by the EMS Medical Director, and pre-hospital cardiac, medical, and trauma care;
            (B) Education for ECRN shall include
        
telecommunications, System standing medical orders and the procedures and protocols established by the EMS Medical Director;
            (C) A Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse, Pre-Hospital
        
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, or Pre-Hospital Physician Assistant candidate who is fulfilling clinical training and in-field supervised experience requirements may perform prescribed procedures under the direct supervision of a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, a qualified registered professional nurse or a qualified EMT, only when authorized by the EMS Medical Director;
            (D) An EMS Medical Director may impose in-field
        
supervised field experience requirements on System ECRNs as part of their training or continuing education, in which they perform prescribed procedures under the direct supervision of a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, a qualified registered professional nurse, or qualified EMS personnel, only when authorized by the EMS Medical Director;
        (2) Require EMS Medical Directors to reapprove
    
Pre-Hospital Registered Nurses, Pre-Hospital Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Pre-Hospital Physician Assistants, and ECRNs every 4 years, based on compliance with continuing education requirements prescribed by the Department through rules adopted pursuant to this Act;
        (3) Allow EMS Medical Directors to grant inactive EMS
    
System status to any Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse, Pre-Hospital Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Pre-Hospital Physician Assistant, or ECRN who qualifies, based on standards and procedures established by the Department in rules adopted pursuant to this Act;
        (4) Require a Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse, a
    
Pre-Hospital Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, or a Pre-Hospital Physician Assistant to honor Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders and powers of attorney for health care only in accordance with rules adopted by the Department pursuant to this Act and protocols of the EMS System in which he or she practices;
        (5) Charge each Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse,
    
Pre-Hospital Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Pre-Hospital Physician Assistant, and ECRN applicant a fee for licensure and relicensure.
    (d) The Department shall have the authority to suspend, revoke, or refuse to issue or renew a Department-issued PHRN, PHAPRN, PHPA, or ECRN license when, after notice and the opportunity for a hearing, the Department demonstrates that the licensee has violated this Act, violated the rules adopted by the Department, or failed to comply with the applicable standards of care.
(Source: P.A. 100-1082, eff. 8-24-19.)