• 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If you need assistance accessing the test on the DHS OneNet Learning Module system, please contact: or Ryan Coughlin at (217) 524-2512.
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
  • None scheduled.  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.

and 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 contact: or Ryan Coughlin at (217) 524-2512.

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