RN Nurse Trainer Medication Administration in the Community Webinars

Updated 12-8-21

  1. Course Overview
  2. Course Objectives
  3. RN Requirements
  4. Webinar and Handouts Information
  5. Upcoming Training Schedule and Registration
  6. Materials Needed
  7. Complete RN Required Forms
  8. Documenting Continuing Education Credits (CEs)
  9. Contact for Assistance
  10. Using "Go To Webinar"
  11. Computer-based Test and Contact Information
  12. IDHS-RN Nurse-Trainer Approval Details
  13. Continuing Education Credits
  14. Presenter

Course Overview

Providers and others are strongly encouraged to participate in these Webinars. Continuing education credits (CEs) opportunities are still available on past webinars linked on this page. The intended audience includes:

  • 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.

Course 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.

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.
  • 1 year of professional nursing clinical experience within the last 5 years preferably in the field of developmental disabilities.
  • RN license number.

Webinar and Handouts Information

Important Note:  You are required to register and complete all three RN Nurse-Trainer Medication Administration in the Community live Webinars below:

  1. Register for Required Pre-Requisite Recorded Webinar in advance of the Live Webinars 1 and 2 (previously recorded May 2015).
  2. Register for live Webinars 1 and 2 using the links below.
  3. View or download these webinar materials:
  4. Nurse-Trainer Curriculum Manual

Upcoming Training Schedule and Registration

  • You must pre-register for all three webinar events using the GoToWebinar platform.
  • If you have questions or need assistance, please contact:  Anne.Fitz@illinois.gov or at (217) 785-6183.
Webinar Name and Enrollment Links
Click on the Link to Register below
Date & Time
Register for Webinar 1 - January Tuesday, January 11, 2022
9:30am to 11:30am
Register for Webinar 2 - January Tuesday, January 11, 2022
12:45pm to 2:45pm
Register for Webinar 1 - February Tuesday February 10, 2022
9:30am to 11:30am
Register for Webinar 2 - February Tuesday February 10, 2022
12:45pm to 2:45pm

Materials Needed

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.

Complete RN Required Forms

After completion of the training course, RNs must complete:

  1. DHS Request/Approval for RN Nurse-Trainer Status (IL462-4401)
  2. RN Nurse-Trainer Training Program Evaulation (IL462-4402)

Documenting Continuing Education Credits (CEs)

Live and recorded Webinar documentation instructions are posted on the DHS Web site under "Documenting CEs".

DDD Recorded Webinars to View or Earn Continuing Education Credits (CEs)

Contact for Assistance

If you have questions, or need assistance, please contact DHS.BQM@illinois.gov or (217) 782-9438.

Using "Go To Webinar"

  • Before joining, be sure to check system requirements to avoid any connection issues.
  • You need to pre-register and have Internet access.
  • To record your webinar attendance and receive the "thank you for attending" email after the webinar, do not use the same email address for multiple registrants.
  • After you register, you will receive an email with a login link and phone numbers from "GoToWebinar."
  • On the day of the webinar, use the login link from the email to connect to the Webinar (you may get better audio using your telephone).
  • You can select "Use Telephone" after joining the Webinar. You must enter the three access numbers that was sent via email:
    1. Telephone number (not toll-free).
    2. Access code number.
    3. PIN#.
  • The phone number, access code and PIN# can also be accessed through the GoToWebinar control panel.
  • You can use your computer's audio. When the webinar begins, you will be connected to audio using your computer's microphone and speakers (VoIP). A headset is recommended.
  • Due to the large number of participants, please use the "questions feature" to communicate questions and comments.
  • For registration assistance, please email DHS.BQM@illinois.gov or call (217) 782-9438.
  • For issues connecting to GoToWebinar, call the GoToWebinar support at 1-888-259-8414 and listen for message options "having trouble connecting" to a Webinar session.

Note: you will need to know the GoToWebinar 9-digit ID number at the bottom of your confirmation email.

Please return the forms to Anne.Fitz@illinois.gov or via fax to (217) 782-9535.

Computer-based Test and Contact Information

  • 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 have questions or need assistance, please contact: Anne.Fitz@illinois.gov or at (217) 785-6183.

IDHS-RN Nurse-Trainer Approval Details

  • You must complete and pass the computer-based test with 90% or better.
  • You have three chances to login in and pass the computer-based test.
  • If you do not pass the computer-based test after the three chances, you will be required to retake the two live webinars when offered by the Division.
  • Upon verification of completion and passing test grade by our office, you will receive an approval/denial letter and corresponding documentation.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact: Anne.Fitz@illinois.gov or at (217) 785-6183.

Continuing Education Credits

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.

Presenter

Division of Developmental Disabilities, Statewide Nursing Coordinator, Bureau of Clinical Services