Limitations of Practice as a Nurse Practitioner in Illinois - 2022

Last Reviewed: June 21st, 2022

Illinois is one of the states that use the “reduced practice” policy in which certified nurse practitioners (CNPs) are required to be in career-long partnerships with doctors and are restricted in tasks that they can handle unsupervised.

For example, in such an arrangement, you would only be able to prescribe and dispense medications when your supervising physician delegates such a task to you. Yes, you would need to request prescriptive authority from the board, but you will still prescribe these medications under the name of your supervising physician.

With sufficient experience, however, CNPs can also apply for “full practice” authority. The requirements include verification of employment indicating 4000 hours of clinical experience and an affidavit certifying the completion of 250 additional continuing education units.

The National Academy of Medicine has mentioned that “full practice” is the standard that should apply in all states. Nurses and associated professions must lend their voices towards the adoption of this policy by all states in the US. The full practice policy is helpful because it enables CNPs to apply their full knowledge and training in the most optimal way reducing care shortages and overall healthcare expense.