Pursuant to Section 75-10 of the Nurse Practice Act, there is created the Illinois Center for Nursing to address issues of supply and demand in the nursing profession, including issues of recruitment, retention, and utilization of nurse manpower resources. The General Assembly finds that the Center will enhance the delivery of quality health care services by providing an ongoing strategy for the allocation of the State's resources directed towards nursing. Each of the following objectives shall serve as the primary goals for the Center:
1. To develop a strategic plan for nursing manpower in Illinois by selecting priorities that must be addressed.
2. To convene various groups of representatives of nurses, other health care providers, businesses and industries, consumers, legislators, and educators to:
- review and comment on data analysis prepared for the Center
- recommend systemic changes, including strategies for implementation of recommended changes; and
- evaluate and report the results of the Advisory Board's efforts to the General Assembly and others.
3. To enhance and promote recognition, reward, and renewal activities for nurses in Illinois by:
- proposing and creating reward, recognition, and renewal activities for nursing; and
- promoting media and positive image-building efforts for nursing.