Rep. Olsen Joins Gov. Rauner for Signing of Bill that Expands Registered Nursing Practice Authority

State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) joined Governor Bruce Rauner at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove today for the signing of legislation that will ease burdensome regulations and grant greater authority to registered and licensed nurses in Illinois.

HB 313, now in the Illinois statutes as Public Act 100-0513, allows Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who have completed 250 hours of continuing education and have logged at least 4,000 hours of clinical experience with a physician or at a hospital to qualify for “full practice authority.” The most notable change to occur under the new law is the ability for APRNs to prescribe certain controlled medications to patients.

Olsen, who was a strong supporter of the legislation as it moved through the House of Representatives, said the new law removes over-burdensome regulations that have caused some highly trained nurses to seek employment in other states. “This new law makes Illinois the 26th state to offer its most highly-skilled nurses greater authority as they tend to patients’ needs,” said Olsen. “It increases regulatory efficiency, improves licensing processing times, and most importantly it helps us retain the best and brightest nurses here in Illinois. In rural areas especially, this new law should improve access to quality healthcare.”

HB 313 was widely supported by the healthcare community and nursing associations, and received unanimous House and Senate support during the legislative review process.

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