101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2019 and 2020
Introduced , by Rep. Fred Crespo
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Safe Patient Limits Act. Provides the maximum number of
patients that may be assigned to a registered nurse in specified
situations. Provides that nothing shall preclude a facility from assigning
fewer patients to a registered nurse than the limits provided in Act.
Provides that nothing in the Act precludes the use of patient acuity
systems consistent with the Nurse Staffing by Patient Acuity Act; however,
the maximum patient assignments in the Act may not be exceeded, regardless
of the use and application of any patient acuity system. Provides that the
Department of Public Health shall adopt rules governing the implementation
and operation of the Act. Provides that all facilities shall adopt written
policies and procedures for training and orientation of nursing staff and
that no registered nurse shall be assigned to a nursing unit or clinical
area unless that nurse has, among other things, demonstrated competence in
providing care in that area. Provides that the written policies and
procedures for the training and orientation of nursing staff shall require
that all temporary personnel receive the same amount and type of training
and orientation that is required for permanent staff. Provides that the
Act's provisions are severable.
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AN ACT concerning health.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Patient Limits Act.
In this Act:
"Couplet" means one mother and one baby.
"Critical trauma patient" means a patient who has an injury
to an anatomic area that (i) requires life-saving
interventions, or (ii) in conjunction with unstable vital
signs, poses an immediate threat to life or limb.
"Department" means the Department of Public Health.
"Facility" means a hospital licensed under the Hospital
Licensing Act or organized under the University of Illinois
Hospital Act, a private or State-owned and State-operated
general acute care hospital, an acute psychiatric hospital, an
acute care specialty hospital, or an acute care unit within a
health care facility.
"Health care workforce" means personnel employed by or
contracted to work at a facility that have an effect upon the
delivery of quality care to patients, including, but not
limited to, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses,
unlicensed assistive personnel, service, maintenance,