Illinois

The Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition is the driving force transforming health care through nursing in our state. Understanding that Illinois has specific health care challenges and needs, we are working with diverse stakeholders to create and model innovative solutions with nurses leading the way.

For more information on the Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition, please visit the Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition webpage.

Education

If nurses are to be as effective as possible in helping to provide high-quality patient care in Illinois, they will need to be better prepared as care becomes more complex and moves into the community.

Progress

Illinois will advance pathways for a diverse nursing workforce to achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression, ensuring that nurses can deliver high-quality, patient-centered.  The Action Coalition is working to share best practices during annual Education Advancement Summits.  This coalition is coordinated by the Illinois Nurses Association in collaboration with the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders, Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursing, and Illinois Association of Associate Degree Nurse educators working together to support nursing education.

Leadership

Nurses bring a unique, important perspective to health care, higher education, business and policy discussions. Faced with Illinois’ significant health care challenges, nurses at all levels must step up, and contribute their valued perspective.

Progress

We understand that communicating the value of nursing leadership and building allies are critical to providing opportunities for nurses to take on leadership roles. At the same time nurses must develop leadership competencies, and identify opportunities to contribute their value. We will engage IL’s nurses at all levels to train and provide them with opportunities to lead. For example, the IL Board of Higher Education (IBHE) Nurse Educator Fellowship Program. The program’s purpose is to ensure the retention of well-qualified nursing faculty at institutions of higher learning that award degrees in nursing. This award program gives stipends to nurse faculty annually as a reward for exemplary performance and as an incentive to remain in the classroom.

Practice

Illinois’ population is growing, as is the shortage of primary care providers. Outdated laws and regulations must be modernized so that nurses can provide the care that they are educated and trained to deliver.

Progress

To ensure that nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training, we will develop strategic partnerships, and identify and learn from states with advanced regulations, in an effort to remove burdensome barriers, and provide high quality health care to patients and families in Illinois. In 2007, the Illinois Nurse Practice Act was changed to remove the written collaborative agreement requirement for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who practice in a hospital or ambulatory surgical treatment center.  All other APRNs are subject to this required restriction to practice.

Interprofessional Collaboration

To ensure high quality, patient-centered care, nurses, physicians and other health professionals must collaborate in education and practice, and across all health care settings.

Progress

We are building partnerships with diverse stakeholders, including physicians and other health providers, to support, spread and implement models of interprofessional collaboration in education and practice.

Diversity

Illinois' population is becoming increasingly more diverse, and many residents have unique health care needs. The nursing workforce must evolve to reflect these changing dynamics.

Progress

We will work with our colleagues throughout the state to communicate the value of diversifying the nursing workforce to reflect the state’s population, while also looking to other successful programs as models for implementation.

Data

Effective deployment of the health care workforce requires information – data to tell us what kind of health providers we will need and with what skills. Yet major gaps exist in the workforce data we now have.

Progress

We are exploring partnerships and examining models from other states to develop a plan for data collection in our state. Once developed, we will work to promote data-driven policy decisions that improve health care for patients and families in Illinois. For example, one goal of the Illinois Center for Nursing data workgroup is to examine and apply health care labor market data to steer and support strategic sector initiatives.  Since 2007, the nursing data task force has been working on labor market supply-demand analysis for patient-care registered nurses. Read here for more information. 

 

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Linda B. Roberts, Manager, Illinois Center for Nursing

Sharon V. Canariato, Executive Director, Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders

Susan Y. Swart, Executive Director, ANA-Illinois

Julio Rodriguez, Program Manager, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

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