(410 ILCS 70/10)
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program.
(a) The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program is established within the Office of the Attorney General. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program shall maintain a list of sexual assault nurse examiners who have completed didactic and clinical training requirements consistent with the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Education Guidelines established by the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
(b) By March 1, 2019, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program shall develop and make available to hospitals 2 hours of online sexual assault training for emergency department clinical staff to meet the training requirement established in subsection (a) of Section 2. Notwithstanding any other law regarding ongoing licensure requirements, such training shall count toward the continuing medical education and continuing nursing education credits for physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses, and registered professional nurses.
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program shall provide didactic and clinical training opportunities consistent with the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Education Guidelines established by the International Association of Forensic Nurses, in sufficient numbers and geographical locations across the State, to assist hospitals with training the necessary number of sexual assault nurse examiners to comply with the requirement of this Act to employ or contract with a qualified medical provider to initiate medical forensic services to a
sexual assault survivor within 90 minutes of the patient
presenting to the hospital as required in subsection (a-7) of Section 5.
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program shall assist hospitals in establishing trainings to achieve the requirements of this Act.
For the purpose of providing continuing medical education credit in accordance with the Medical Practice Act of 1987 and administrative rules adopted under the Medical Practice Act of 1987 and continuing education credit in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act and administrative rules adopted under the Nurse Practice Act to health care professionals for the completion of sexual assault training provided by the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program under this Act, the Office of the Attorney General shall be considered a State agency.
(c) The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, in consultation with qualified medical providers, shall create uniform materials that all
treatment hospitals, treatment hospitals with approved pediatric transfer, and approved pediatric health care facilities are
required to give patients and non-offending parents or legal
guardians, if applicable, regarding the medical forensic exam
procedure, laws regarding consenting to medical forensic
services, and the benefits and risks of evidence collection,
including recommended time frames for evidence collection
pursuant to evidence-based research. These materials shall be
made available to all hospitals and approved pediatric health
care facilities on the Office of the Attorney General's
(d) This Section is effective on and after January 1, 2024.
(Source: P.A. 101-634, eff. 6-5-20; 102-22, eff. 6-25-21; 102-674, eff. 11-30-21.)