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Law Number

745 ILCS 49/40

Summary Title

Liability: Professional or Practical Nurse


A licensed professional or practical nurse who, without compensation, provides nursing services will not be held legally responsible for acting or failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Full Title

Nurses; exemption from civil liability for services performed without compensation

Full Text

(a) No person licensed as a professional nurse or as a practical nurse under the Nurse Practice Act [225 ILCS 65/50-1 et seq.] who, without compensation, renders nursing services shall be liable, and no cause of action may be brought, for damages resulting from an act or omission in rendering such services unless the act or omission involved willful or wanton misconduct. (b) (Blank). (c) As used in this Section “entity” means a proprietorship, partnership, association or corporation, whether or not operated for profit. (d) Nothing in this Section is intended to bar any cause of action against an entity or change the liability of an entity which arises out of an act or omission of any person exempt from liability for negligence under this Section.