Vote on enhanced nurse education requirements

( Illinois lawmakers delayed a vote on a bill requiring that at least 20% of all nursing and personal care in a nursing home be provided by a registered nurse.

Gov. Pat Quinn (D), who supports the first-ever registered nurse regulation, made last-minute changes to the proposed rule in early March. That prompted the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to delay the vote until April, the Lincoln-Courier reported. This staffing proposal is part of a 2010 state nursing home re form bill.

The Health Care Council of Illinois, a trade organization that represents for-profit nursing homes, opposes the legislation because it would create an estimated $122 million in hiring costs annually, according to the group. It says the cost would not be covered by Illinois’ new bed tax. At least a handful of consumer groups support the bill.