State Senator John J. Millner
District 28 - Republican

Photograph of  Representative  John                 J. Millner            (R)
local   Springfield

2580 Foxfield Rd.
St. Charles, IL  60174

  105 State Capitol
Springfield, IL 62706
630/524-9250 phone 217/782-8192
Fax: 630/524-9251 fax 217/782-4079
Date:   June 26, 2006/pk
For Immediate Release


SPRINGFIELD—Legislation aimed at making more nursing candidate qualified to practice in Illinois has been signed into law, according to its sponsor State Senator John J. Millner (R- Carol Stream).

Senate Bill 2372 waives specific Illinois license requirements for foreign educated nursing students as long as they have acquired certain other qualifications through another certified program.

“This bill will not only increase the state’s nursing rolls by allowing qualified people to avoid a lot of red tape, but it will also keep unqualified foreign nurses from practicing in Illinois - because they could no longer slip through the cracks in the current system,” Millner said.

Currently all applicants for nursing licenses who are graduates of a program outside the U.S. must have there nursing education credentials evaluated by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Applicants whose first language isn’t English or whose nursing program was taught in another language must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Under the bill, those effected who want to be licensed in Illinois could provide proof they completed the VisaScreen program which is offered through the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools. That program holds the same graduation requirements currently sought after by the IDFPR.

This would allow qualified nurses to avoid duplicating the process of becoming certified with the state, and creates a deterrent for those wanting to come to Illinois to provide nursing care without certification by providing another way to gain the necessary schooling in their native country.

The bill was signed into law on Monday, June 26.