• RNs in community residential settings of 16 or fewer persons with developmental disabilities (i.e., CILA, ICF/DD, etc.) funded or licensed by the DHS and/or licensed by IDPH. 
  • RNs interested in working in residential DD settings.
  • Based on space availability, agency directors, administrators or QIDPs.
RN Requirements
  • Unencumbered Illinois professional nurse license.
  • A Licensed Practical Nurse does not qualify in becoming a Nurse-Trainer unless you are also a Registered Professional Nurse.
  • 2 years of professional nursing clinical experience within the last 5 years preferably in the field of developmental disabilities.
  • RN license number.
  • RNs must complete the DHS Request/Approval for RN Nurse-Trainer Status form and return it to
  • Upon completion of the DHS Nurse-Trainer Program, you must take a DHS Nurse-Training computer-based post test that was added as of January, 2012.
  • The computer-based test will be assigned to you by the Division of Developmental Disabilities after your attendance at the webinars is verified and required documentation was received.
  • You must complete the computer-based test within 10 working days upon receipt of the test link email received from the Division of Developmental Disabilities.  This test cannot completed by using your phone.
MA Course Curriculum - Please print or save the current curriculum to a laptop, flash drive, iPad, etc. for reference and use by your Nurse Trainer at your agency.
Currently Offered
  • July 18, 2016.  See the bottom of the page to register for the three required Webinars.
Objectives To review legislated duties performed by an RN Nurse-Trainer as described in the Illinois Nurse Practice Act and Administrative Rule 116.  Nurse-Trainer Trainees will be taught:
  • legislation and guidelines related to training, authorizing, delegating and supervising medication administration by non-licensed direct support staff
  • educational components of the direct support staff training program
  • role and responsibilities, legally required training of non-licensed staff for RN to delegate medication administration to that staff
  • required contents of the "Nursing Service Packet"
  • implementation of amendment Illinois Nurse Practice Act and Administrative Rule 116 to the Illinois Nursing Practice Act
  • how to accurately complete the SAMA form.

Five hours of Continuing Education Credits are offered. Participants must attend all 5 hours to become a Nurse-Trainer and receive attendance credit. 

QIDPs may apply MA training towards the 12 hours annual continuing education credits requirement.

Pre-Register, Questions
and Contact

You must pre-register for all three webinar events using the GoToWebinar platform found on the Webinar and Webinar Handouts page.

If you have questions or need assistance, please or

Presenters Division of Developmental Disabilities, IDHS RN Master Nurse-Trainers