Policy & Advocacy
Policy & Advocacy Updates

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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:
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


HB0421- Full Practice Authority for APN's, full text document
HB3585 - Hospital Patient Protection Act, full text document
HB2604 - Safe Patient Limits Act, full text document 


Illinois Health and Hospital Association Updates

IHA Political Action Page (Article: Urge Your State Legislators to Oppose Mandatory Nurse Staffing Ratios
Bill Summary of HB 3585: Hospital Patient Protection
Bill Summary of HB 2604: Safe Patient Limits
IHA Summary: Key Bills from 2017 Spring Legislative Session


IONL Policy & Advocacy Committee

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 fourth Wednesday of the month. If you would like to become more involved in our advocacy agenda, please email info@ionl.org


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