(210 ILCS 86/10)
For the purpose of this Act:
"Average daily census" means the average number of inpatients
service on any given 24-hour period beginning at midnight in each clinical
service area of the
"Clinical service area" means a grouping of clinical services by a generic
various types or levels of support functions, equipment, care, or treatment
inpatients. Hospitals may have, but are not required to have, the following
service: behavioral health, critical care, maternal-child care,
perioperative services, and telemetry.
"Department" means the Department of Public Health.
"Direct-care nurse" and "direct-care nursing staff" includes any registered
licensed practical nurse, or assistive nursing personnel with direct
responsibility to oversee or
carry out medical regimens or nursing care for one or more patient.
"Hospital" means a health care facility licensed under the Hospital Licensing
"Nursing care" means care that falls within the scope of practice set
forth in the
Nurse Practice Act or is otherwise encompassed within
professional standards of nursing practice, including assessment, nursing
intervention, evaluation, and patient advocacy.
"Retaliate" means to discipline, discharge, suspend, demote,
employment or promotion, lay off, or take any other adverse action against
nursing staff as a result of that nursing staff taking any action described in
"Skill mix" means the differences in licensing, specialty, and experiences
among direct-care nurses.
"Staffing levels" means the numerical nurse to patient ratio by licensed
classification within a nursing department or unit.
"Unit" means a functional division or area of a hospital in which nursing
(Source: P.A. 95-639, eff. 10-5-07.)