Ala. Admin. Code r. 610-X-12-.01 - Definitions

(1) Participant: Any person who applies for and is awarded a loan, as provided in Article 6 of Title 34, Chapter 21, Code of Ala. 1975.
(2) Eligible Person:
(a) A student enrolled in an accredited nursing education programs approved by the Board who is pursuing a graduate degree to become a certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP), a certified nurse midwife (CNM), or a certified registered nurse anesthetist(CRNA); or
(b) Approved CRNP, CNM, OR CRNA who, within the five (5) years immediately preceding the loan period, completed a graduate degree as described in subsection (a).
(3) Full-Time: 36-40 hours per week
(4) Immediate: Within six months of graduation or receipt of loan. The Executive Officer may extend the timeline, in adverse circumstances, according to established Board staff guidelines.
(5) Area of Critical Need:
(a) For loans issued prior to November 15,2023, an Area of Critical Need is an area in Alabama with a critical need for advanced practice nurses, that is not a part of, or within five miles of, an urbanized area as defined most recently by the U.S. Census Bureau.
(b) For loans issued on or after November 15, 2023, an Area of Critical Need is an area that is physically located within Alabama and meets one of the following criteria:
1. Located within a primary care health professional shortage area (HPSA) for a geographic area, recognized by the Health Resources and Services Administration, or its successor organization, or by the Alabama Office of Primary Care and Rural Health, or its successor organization.
2. A federally Qualified Health Center or designated Indian Health Services, Tribal Health, and Urban Indian Health Organization located anywhere within Alabama, with a primary care HPSA score of 14 or more.
3. Located within an eligible Alabama Rural Medical Service Awards rural community as defined most recently by the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health, or its successor organization.
(6) Period of Obligation: period during which a participant is obligated to work in an area of critical need; eighteen (18) months per loan received.

Notes

Ala. Admin. Code r. 610-X-12-.01
Filed September 29, 1982. Repealed: Filed May 19, 2003; effective June 24, 2003. Adopted by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXIV, Issue No. 10, July 29, 2016, eff. 9/8/2016. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVII, Issue No. 12, September 30, 2019, eff. 11/14/2019. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXIX, Issue No. 02, November 30, 2020, eff. 1/14/2021. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XLI, Issue No. 12, September 29, 2023, eff. 11/13/2023.

Author: Alabama Board of Nursing

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, ยง 34-21-99.

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