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Policy & Advocacy
IONL establishes the agenda for the Policy & Advocacy committee initiatives every year. Like our parent organization, American Organization of Nurse Executives.( AONE), we consider which legislation to focus our efforts on for the coming year.

The IONL Policy & Advocacy agenda is:
  • Leverage the power of the IONL membership to raise the voice of nursing leadership in all health related issues in Illinois.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key legislators and utilize data and evidenced-based outcomes to effectively impact health care policy.
  • Provide education, resources and tools to enable nurse leaders to serve as effective change agents in influencing health care policy.

IONL believes it is vital to involve nurse leaders across Illinois in these advocacy efforts. The IOM Report for Advancing Nursing recommends all nurses to be involved in shaping health care policy. Illinois legislators want to hear directly from nurse leaders and staff nurses regarding issues that effect patient’s in all health care settings.

IONL will provide all nurses with the knowledge, tools and skills to conduct successful legislative visits and build relationships with our colleagues in the General Assembly.

The Policy & Advocacy committee meets monthly via conference calls on the second Wednesday of the month. If you would like to become more involved in our advocacy agenda, please email info@ionl.org

 

Want direct access to Illinois legislators right from your phone? Download the Illinois Society of Association Executives (ISAE) Legislative Directory app. The app allows users to easily communicate with Illinois State political personnel, find out more about Illinois state senators and representatives, browse through Illinois associations, and find local businesses in the Springfield area.

 

Watch a live video/audio feed of the Illinois House of Representatives (only active when in session).

   

Sunset of Illinois Nurse Practice Act, 2017:

The master bill for the 2017 Sunset of the Nurse Practice Act has been assigned to the House Health Care Licenses Committee.  As of February 2017, it has not been scheduled for a hearing.  IONL voted in support of the proposed changes and encourages IONL members to contact the Health Care Licenses Committee and ask them to vote "YES" to HB 313.  This bill is the result of two years of work by the nursing community.  26+ nursing organizations, including IONL, worked to make recommendations to advance our profession. Now it is your turn to help. 

Contact committee members at: http://cqrcengage.com/ilnurses/ADVOCACYINACTION
HB 313 - SB 625 TALKING POINTS.pdf

The following is a number of documents members might use to educate themselves on issues affecting nursing practice: 

Illinois Nurse Practice Act
Illinois Nurse Practice Act Rules
Illinois Grassroots Coalition- 2017 Sunset

 

Advocacy Alerts:

SB1789 Nurse Licensure Compact
Full Practice Authority for APN's Talking Points

HB12 Staffing Ratios- Detailed Information of the Bill

HB 12 Suggested Talking Points
IHA Advocacy Information 

Useful Links: 

Illinois Nurses Grassroots Coalition Advocacy Portal
HB 0421- Full Practice Authority for APN's, Full Text Document
ANA-IL 3 Steps in Enrollment into Health Insurance Coverage  

Summary of New Concealed Carry Law
Summary of New Medical Use of Marijuana Law

Legislation:
HB0421- Full Practice Authority for APN's, full text document

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