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Ill. law improves rural EMS care through nurses

The legislation allows nurses who staff ambulances to operate at their highest level of certification, rather than the level that the ambulances they are riding in are certified for

A newly signed state law allows nurses to provide the highest possible level of care when staffing rural ambulances.

State Sen. John Sullivan, D-Rushville, and state Rep. Don Moffitt, R-Gilson, sponsored the legislation – HB 4523. It allows rural emergency medical services to operate their ambulances at the same level of certification as the nurses who staff them.

“With this legislation becoming law, the level of emergency medical services that may be provided in rural Illinois will be significantly improved. I commend Senator Sullivan for his leadership in the Senate in passing this bipartisan legislation. As a result, even more lives will be saved,” Moffitt said.

Read full story: Rushville senator’s bill improves rural EMS care

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Mark Mann Mark Mann Thursday, August 14, 2014 1:53:02 PM If you have ever been around a nurse, most nurses, outside the ED are no help in EMS situations. If you allow nurses in the field why not allow medics in t G email ED. BOTH FIELDS have expertise in these areas, so why not?
Mark Mann Mark Mann Thursday, August 14, 2014 1:57:11 PM Sorry about the typo. Was saying, allow medics in the ED. ALSO working at their level of training and experience. Thanks.
Mark Schwartz Mark Schwartz Thursday, August 14, 2014 3:20:59 PM If you read the article it states that law was passed last year, this year it extends it to nurses.
Ricky Bane Ricky Bane Thursday, August 14, 2014 3:39:06 PM this is a big bonus for small departments
Rj Reaper Naef Rj Reaper Naef Thursday, August 14, 2014 3:41:40 PM Pa has has PHRN for several years now and it works fine
Jeffrey Frank Jeffrey Frank Thursday, August 14, 2014 6:08:20 PM This is a poorly written article. If you look up the actual hb. It says PHRN not just nurse. Which to get a PHRN requires a class on packaging, and moving pts along with scene safety and prioritization. Also requires sign off by medical director. This law is really about being able to field upgrade the rig without needing an intercept.
Jeffrey Frank Jeffrey Frank Thursday, August 14, 2014 6:12:10 PM link to the legislation.
Christy Sanders Graves Christy Sanders Graves Thursday, August 14, 2014 7:46:57 PM Reason 10,101 that I am thankful and blessed to work and live in Texas...
Robert Cook Robert Cook Friday, August 15, 2014 7:26:21 AM If I need a bed pan placed, then I'll call a nurse in. Just because you are a nurse with critical care experience or some other type of certification other than EMT, doesn't mean you can jump into the back of a ambulance and work it like a ICU or a Hospital ward. If a nurse has no EMS experience, then they are useless other than standing around watching what's going on until they are needed. They need to be able to work MVA or know how to get someone down two flight of stairs, or simply just starting a I.V. flying down a bumpy gravel road. These are skills for a EMT. I think they shouldn't be called PHRN. I think it should be EMT-P/RN being that one needs to be a EMT first and a RN as a bonus in EMS.
Heather Peters Heather Peters Friday, August 15, 2014 12:56:47 PM I am a paramedic in PA we have PHRN's their scope of practice is the same as mine and can not go outside it. It only changes a little when it ome to air medical here. We have a couple PHRN's where. I currently work. They must take a class then take the NREMT-P exam. Before becoming a PHRN unless you already have your paramedic before your RN. You can tell a diffrence in the two though PHRN and medics ... This aretical is poorly written they should go into more detail.
Joe Anstey Joe Anstey Friday, August 15, 2014 9:57:25 PM Let me get this straight, nurses can work as "paramedics" but when it comes to Community Paramedic programs, there is resistance? Sounds like if the nurses want to ride on an ambulance, THEY should "get an education."
Kale Hallman Kale Hallman Saturday, August 16, 2014 9:22:16 AM Upgrade... scope of practice, what can a nurse do that a paramedic cannot? Intercept... when was the last time last time I called for a nurse to meet me entire... NEVER!
Kale Hallman Kale Hallman Saturday, August 16, 2014 9:24:51 AM I'm glad I am from NC, we created paramedic practitioners... look THAT up.
Jeffrey Frank Jeffrey Frank Saturday, August 16, 2014 12:36:37 PM Kale this is talking about PHRN that already run on BLS UNITS.
Medic Lifeline Medic Lifeline Saturday, August 16, 2014 3:10:23 PM Some of you need to get your heads out of you butts. I'm Paramedic RN. , paramedic over 20 years. I take offense when you degrade me and others for being Nurses. I mean really what makes you better then myself. GRANTED I've met some useless folks in EMS and as Nurses.

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