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 Bill Status of HB3871  102nd General Assembly

Short Description:  SAFE PATIENT LIMITS

House Sponsors
Rep. Fred Crespo, Will Guzzardi and Delia C. Ramirez

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  1/10/2023HouseSession Sine Die

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
New Act
210 ILCS 85/10.10
225 ILCS 65/50-15.15 new

Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Safe Patient Limits Act. Provides for 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 specified requirements for the Act's implementation by a facility. Establishes recordkeeping requirements. Provides that the Department of Public Health shall adopt rules governing the implementation and operation of the Act. Provides that nothing in the Act precludes the use of patient acuity systems consistent with provisions of the Hospital Licensing Act concerning nurse staffing by patient acuity; 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 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 for specified nurse rights and protections. Provides that the Act's provisions are severable. Contains other provisions. Amends the Hospital Licensing Act. Provides that a hospital shall not mandate that a registered professional nurse delegate nursing interventions. Amends the Nurse Practice Act. Provides that the exercise of professional judgment by a direct care registered professional nurse in the performance of his or her scope of practice shall be provided in the exclusive interests of the patient. Makes other changes.

DateChamber Action
  2/19/2021HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. Fred Crespo
  2/22/2021HouseFirst Reading
  2/22/2021HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  3/16/2021HouseAssigned to Health Care Licenses Committee
  3/27/2021HouseRule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
  2/3/2022HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Will Guzzardi
  3/16/2022HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Delia C. Ramirez
  1/10/2023HouseSession Sine Die

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