DON’T FORGET!  – MAY 31, 2024, Illinois RN/APN Nurse License Renewal Deadline

On May 31, 2024, your Illinois Registered Nurse or Advanced Practice Nurse License (APN, APN-C.S., APN – Full Practice, APN – Full Practice-C.S.) will expire. 

PLEASE NOTE:

  1. IDFPR Renewal Notices

The renewal notification from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) will be sent to you via email only to the most recent email address you provided to the IDFPR. Renewal notices will not be sent through the U.S. Postal Service.

Please update your email with the IDFPR immediately if necessary and check out old email accounts and spam folders for the license renewal notice.  You are required to know when your license expires and are responsible for timely renewals, regardless of whether you receive a renewal notice.  If you do not receive the renewal notice, you can still renew online here: https://idfpr.illinois.gov/renewals/defaultssl.html.

We strongly encourage you to visit IDFPR’s online address change webpage (https://idfprapps.illinois.gov/applications/licensereprint/Verify.aspx) to provide a current email address and ensure contact information is up to date.

  • Continuing Education

RNs must complete 20 hours of continuing education (“CE”) to renew, including 1 hour of sexual harassment prevention training, a 1-hour course in implicit bias awareness training,* and if they provide services to adults 26 years of age and older, a 1-hour course in the diagnosis, treatment and care of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.**

APNs must complete 80 hours of CE to renew, including 1 hour in sexual harassment prevention training, 1 hour in implicit bias awareness training*, at least 20 hours in pharmacotherapeutics, and 10 hours of opioid prescribing or substance abuse education, and if they provide services to adults 26 years of age and older, a 1-hour course in the diagnosis, treatment and care of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.**  To renew an APN Controlled Substances Registration, APNs must also complete 3 CE credit hours in safe opioid prescribing.

*Starting in 2024, all RNs and APNs must include in their minimum CE a 1-hour course in implicit bias awareness training to include, at a minimum, the following topics: an explanation of implicit bias and the difference between explicit and implicit biases; causes of implicit bias and how it forms and operates; effects of implicit bias and the harms it can cause; and how to recognize, interrupt, and mitigate implicit bias.

**RNs and APNs who provide services to adults 26 years of age and older will be required to complete a 1-hour course in diagnosis, treatment and care of Alzheimer’s disease, along with other dementia types. CE curriculum will involve how to identify and diagnose Alzheimer’s, effective communication strategies and management and care planning. This course may count toward the regular CE requirements.

If you have any questions regarding the renewal process, or if you are concerned about your renewal application in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us at Crick Walanka Law Group.  We are here to assist all licensed professionals with any issues that may arise.

Disclaimer: This web site is addressed to those who hold professional licenses issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and by similar licensing agencies in other states. Suggestions herein are, in most circumstances, valid for any type investigation, whether administrative, criminal, or civil. However, it should be noted that in some other states, one who holds a professional license may be required to submit to an investigative interview as a condition of being licensed. Whatever the circumstances, a licensed professional who becomes the subject of an investigation would be wise to immediately retain legal counsel. No content, whole or in part, is to be considered as “legal advice,” and by reading this document, no attorney-client relationship is formed with the Crick Walanka Law Group, Ltd.