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92_HB3811 LRB9213308NTpk 1 AN ACT concerning nursing. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 5. The Department of Public Aid Law of the Civil 5 Administrative Code of Illinois is amended by adding Section 6 2205-15 as follows: 7 (20 ILCS 2205/2205-15 new) 8 Sec. 2205-15. Nursing training education; reimbursement. 9 The Department of Public Aid shall establish, by rule, a 10 demonstration program for reimbursing nursing homes, 11 hospices, and home health providers for the reasonable costs 12 of providing nurse and certified nurse aide training 13 education. 14 Section 10. The Allied Health Care Professional 15 Assistance Law is amended by changing Section 2002 and adding 16 Section 2010 as follows: 17 (110 ILCS 905/2002) (from Ch. 144, par. 1482) 18 Sec. 2002. Purpose. The purpose of this Law is to 19 establish a program in the Illinois Department of Public 20 Health to upgrade primary health care services for all 21 citizens of the State, by providing grants and scholarships 22 to allied health care professionals (especially nurses and 23 certified nurse aides) who will agree to practice in areas of 24 the State demonstrating the greatest need for more 25 professional medical care and by developing and implementing 26 plans that address the acute nursing shortage in this State. 27 The program shall encourage allied health care professionals 28 to locate in areas where health manpower shortages exist and 29 to increase the total number of allied health care -2- LRB9213308NTpk 1 professionals in the State. 2 (Source: P.A. 86-1187.) 3 (110 ILCS 905/2010 new) 4 Sec. 2010. Nurse recruitment and retention strategies. 5 The Department of Public Health shall develop a plan for each 6 of the following strategies to recruit and retain nurses and 7 certified nurse aides, which shall be implemented subject to 8 appropriation: 9 (1) A comprehensive statewide multi-media public 10 education campaign to enhance the image of the nursing 11 profession, promote diversity in the nursing workforce, 12 encourage individuals to enter the nursing profession, 13 and encourage career development for individuals in the 14 nursing profession. 15 (2) Public service announcements that advertise and 16 promote the nursing profession, highlight the advantages 17 and rewards of nursing, and encourage individuals from 18 diverse communities and backgrounds to enter the nursing 19 profession. 20 (3) The award of grants to designated eligible 21 entities to support State and local advertising campaigns 22 via appropriate media outlets to promote the nursing 23 profession, highlight the advantages and rewards of 24 nursing, and encourage individuals from disadvantaged 25 communities and backgrounds to enter the nursing 26 profession. 27 (4) The award of grants to community-based 28 partnerships to establish programs to recruit and retain 29 nurses and certified nurse aides. 30 (5) The award of grants to eligible entities to 31 increase nursing education opportunities. 32 (6) The award of grants to eligible entities to 33 encourage individuals to enter the nursing profession -3- LRB9213308NTpk 1 with a focus on providing long-term care. 2 (7) The award of grants to eligible entities to 3 develop nursing internship and residency programs that 4 encourage mentoring and the development of specialties.
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