Governor Rauner Signs Nurse Practice Act at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner joined Advocate President and CEO Jim Skogsbergh and Chief Nursing Officer Susan Campbell at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital on September 20, 2017 to sign important changes to the Nurse Practice Act. This new legislation aligns with Advocate’s own goal to empower all Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to practice at the top of their license.
“Our nurses are the heart and soul of our organization and an integral part of the work we do every day,” said Jim Skogsbergh, President and CEO of Advocate Health Care. “It is our honor to have Governor Rauner sign this important legislation right here in front of so many of our dedicated nurses.”
“Today is a good day for the health of the people of Illinois, the quality of life for the people of Illinois,” said Governor Bruce Rauner. “This bill is an important piece of legislation that knocks down barriers and restrictions on the ability of our nurses to provide high quality care that they’re well trained for and well equipped to provide.”
The Nurse Practice Act expands access to health care by empowering APRNs with more tools to manage patients with chronic conditions and other illnesses. It also helps fill the gap created by a shortage of critical care providers throughout the state by enabling APRNs who meet certain requirements to practice without a written collaborative agreement with a physician. This will allow them to diagnose, treat and prescribe some medications to their patients from their own practices. Patients will continue to receive a high level of care and have easier access to health care professionals.
“The changes in the Nurse Practice Act give APRNs the tools they need to provide necessary preventive care to patients – both young and old – and manage patients with chronic conditions,” said Susan Campbell, Chief Nursing Officer at Advocate Health Care. “I am proud to see these changes signed into law and know this will allow us to continue to deliver the best-in-class care to our patients and their families.”
The Nurse Practice Act takes effect January 2018.