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 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
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 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
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 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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