(225 ILCS 65/50-10)
(was 225 ILCS 65/5-10)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
Each of the following terms, when used
in this Act, shall have the meaning ascribed to it in this Section, except
where the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Academic year" means the customary annual schedule of courses at a
college, university, or approved school, customarily regarded as the school
year as distinguished from the calendar year.
"Advanced practice nurse" or "APN" means a person who has met the qualifications for a (i) certified nurse midwife (CNM); (ii) certified nurse practitioner (CNP); (iii) certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA); or (iv) clinical nurse specialist (CNS) and has been licensed by the Department. All advanced practice nurses licensed and practicing in the State of Illinois shall use the title APN and may use specialty credentials after their name.
"Approved program of professional nursing education" and "approved
program of practical nursing education" are programs of professional or
practical nursing, respectively, approved by the Department under the
provisions of this Act.
"Board" means the Board of Nursing appointed by the Secretary.
"Collaboration" means a process involving 2 or more health care professionals working together, each contributing one's respective area of expertise to provide more comprehensive patient care.
"Consultation" means the process whereby an advanced practice nurse seeks the advice or opinion of another health care professional.
"Credentialed" means the process of assessing and validating the qualifications of a health care professional.
"Current nursing practice update course" means a planned nursing education curriculum approved by the Department consisting of activities that have educational objectives, instructional methods, content or subject matter, clinical practice, and evaluation methods, related to basic review and updating content and specifically planned for those nurses previously licensed in the United States or its territories and preparing for reentry into nursing practice.
"Dentist" means a person licensed to practice dentistry under the Illinois Dental Practice Act.
"Department" means the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
"Impaired nurse" means a nurse licensed under this Act who is unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety because of a physical or mental disability as evidenced by a written determination or written consent based on clinical evidence, including loss of motor skills, abuse of drugs or alcohol, or a psychiatric disorder, of sufficient degree to diminish his or her ability to deliver competent patient care.
"License-pending advanced practice nurse" means a registered professional nurse who has completed all requirements for licensure as an advanced practice nurse except the certification examination and has applied to take the next available certification exam and received a temporary license from the Department.
"License-pending registered nurse" means a person who has passed the Department-approved registered nurse licensure exam and has applied for a license from the Department. A license-pending registered nurse shall use the title "RN lic pend" on all documentation related to nursing practice.
"Physician" means a person licensed to practice medicine in all its branches under the Medical Practice Act of 1987.
"Podiatrist" means a person licensed to practice podiatry under the Podiatric Medical Practice Act of 1987.
"Practical nurse" or "licensed practical nurse" means a person who is
licensed as a practical nurse under this Act and practices practical
nursing as defined in this Act. Only a practical nurse
licensed under this Act is entitled to use the title "licensed practical
nurse" and the abbreviation "L.P.N.".
"Practical nursing" means the performance of
nursing acts requiring the basic nursing knowledge, judgement, and skill
acquired by means of completion of an approved practical nursing education
program. Practical nursing includes assisting in the nursing process as
delegated by a registered professional nurse or an advanced practice nurse. The
practical nurse may work under the direction of a licensed physician, dentist,
podiatrist, or other health care professional determined by the Department.
"Privileged" means the authorization granted by the governing body of a healthcare facility, agency, or organization to provide specific patient care services within well-defined limits, based on qualifications reviewed in the credentialing process.
"Registered Nurse" or "Registered Professional Nurse" means a person
who is licensed as a professional nurse under this Act and practices
nursing as defined in
this Act. Only a registered
nurse licensed under this Act is entitled to use the
titles "registered nurse" and "registered professional nurse" and the
"Registered professional nursing practice" is a scientific process founded on a professional body of knowledge; it is a learned profession based on the understanding of the human condition across the life span and environment and
specialties and means the performance of any nursing act based upon
professional knowledge, judgment, and skills acquired by means of completion
of an approved professional nursing education program. A registered
professional nurse provides holistic nursing care through the nursing process
to individuals, groups, families, or communities, that includes but is not
limited to: (1) the assessment of healthcare needs, nursing diagnosis,
planning, implementation, and nursing evaluation; (2) the promotion,
maintenance, and restoration of health; (3) counseling, patient education,
health education, and patient advocacy; (4) the administration of medications
and treatments as prescribed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in
all of its branches, a licensed dentist, a licensed podiatrist, or a licensed
optometrist or as prescribed by a physician assistant in accordance with
written guidelines required under the Physician Assistant Practice Act of 1987
or by an advanced practice nurse in accordance with Article 65 of this Act; (5) the
coordination and management of the nursing plan of care; (6) the delegation to
and supervision of individuals who assist the registered professional nurse
implementing the plan of care; and (7) teaching nursing
students. The foregoing shall not be deemed to include
those acts of medical diagnosis or prescription of therapeutic or
"Professional assistance program for nurses" means a professional
assistance program that meets criteria established by the Board of Nursing
and approved by the Secretary, which provides a non-disciplinary treatment
approach for nurses licensed under this Act whose ability to practice is
compromised by alcohol or chemical substance addiction.
"Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation.
"Unencumbered license" means a license issued in good standing.
"Written collaborative agreement" means a written agreement between an advanced practice nurse and a collaborating physician, dentist, or podiatrist pursuant to Section 65-35.
(Source: P.A. 97-813, eff. 7-13-12.)