Current through Register Vol. 40, No. 6, March 31, 2022
Form(s) and process (es) for applicants seeking licensure by examination,
endorsement, reinstatement, or renewal.
Incomplete application: Missing requirements.
(b) Complete application: Meets
(c) Void application:
Any incomplete application voided due to failure by the applicant to satisfy
all requirements within one year of submission.
(2) Board Lapsed: Action by the Board to
lapse a license until certain conditions are met.
(3) Continuing Education Earning Period:
Period of time during which contact hours shall be accrued. Begins upon initial
licensure or renewal of an individual nurse's license during the renewal period
and ends upon renewal of the individual nurse's license during the next renewal
(4) Coordinated License
Information System: A licensing integrated database and process for collecting,
storing, and sharing nurse licensure and enforcement information that includes
all multistate licensed registered nurses and multistate licensed
practical/vocational nurses. The system includes all disciplinary history of
each nurse, as administered by a nonprofit organization and controlled by
License: A license to practice as a registered nurse or licensed practical
nurse issued by a home state licensing board that allows a licensed nurse to
practice in any state authorized to grant multistate licensure privileges under
the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact. For purposes of these rules, the board
shall recognize a valid multistate license as licensure to practice nursing in
(6) Lapsed License:
Failure of licensee to renew; does not require examination for
(7) Emergency: For
purposes of this chapter, a declaration by the Governor of Alabama that an
emergency impacting the public health, safety and welfare exists in
(8) Endorsement: The
process of application for and method of licensure for a registered or licensed
practical/ vocational nurse originally licensed as a nurse in a jurisdiction
other than Alabama.
Supervision, Direct: Licensed registered nurse physically present in facility
and readily accessible to designate or prescribe a course of action or to give
procedural guidance, direction, and periodic evaluation.
(10) Verification: The process of verifying
original or current licensure in Alabama. The verification process shall be
defined by the Board.
Source Verification: Verification provided directly to the Board by the entity
that is the original source of the document of educational credentials,
certification, and/or licensure or an approved primary source organization
recognized by the Board.
Disaster: A serious disruption, occurring over a relatively short time, of the
functioning of a community or a society involving widespread human, material,
economic, or environmental loss and impacts, which exceeds the ability of the
affected community or society to cope using its own resources.
(13) Public Health emergency: An emergency
need for health care [medical] services to respond to a disaster or significant
outbreak of an infectious disease, bioterrorist attack, or other significant or
Operation Plan: A facility specific plan developed as described by the
Emergency Management Standards set forth by the Joint Commission, which
outlines emergency structures and processes to respond to a range of
emergencies varying in scale, duration, and cause.
(15) Home State: The party state which is the
nurse's primary state of residence.
(16) Party State: Any state that has adopted
(17) Remote State: A
party state, other than the home state.
(18) Rap Back: An electronic repository. A
rap back system allows for state law enforcement to automatically notify the
BON of subsequent arrests of licensees whose fingerprints have been retained in
a criminal history repository. Rap back eliminates the burden of requiring
licensees to resubmit fingerprints upon renewal or reinstatement of
Licensure Privilege: A legal authorization associated with a multistate license
that allows the practice of nursing as a registered nurse or Multistate
licensed practical nurse in any state participating in the Enhanced Nurse
State license: A nurse license issued by a state participating in the Enhanced
Nurse Licensure Compact that authorizes practice only within the issuing state
and does not include a multistate licensure privilege to practice in any other
(21) Adverse Action: Any
administrative, civil, equitable, or criminal action permitted by the law of a
state which is imposed by a licensing board or other authority against a nurse,
including actions against the license or multistate licensure privilege of an
individual, including revocation, suspension, probation, monitoring of a
licensee, limitations on the practice of the licensee, the bringing of a cease
and desist action against the licensee, or any other encumbrance on licensure
affecting the authorization of a nurse to practice.
(22) Alternative Program: A nondisciplinary
monitoring program approved by a licensing board. The Voluntary Disciplinary
Alternative Program (VDAP) is an alternative program.
(23) Credential Evaluation Service: an entity
that assesses the educational credentials of graduates of nursing education
programs located outside the jurisdiction of the United States and evaluates
those credentials for equivalency to educational credentials of graduates
educated within the jurisdiction of the United States.
Ala. Admin. Code r.
Filed September 29, 1982.
Amended: Filed: August 9, 1988; effective September 15, 1988. Amended: Filed:
February 1, 1994; effective March 8, 1994. Repealed and New Rule: New Rule:
Filed November 26, 2007; effective December 31, 2007.
Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVI, Issue No. 06, March 30,
2018, eff. 5/4/2018.
Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVI, Issue No. 10, July 31, 2018,
Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVII, Issue No. 11, August 30,
2019, eff. 9/9/2019; operative
Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVIII, Issue No. 02, November 29,
2019, eff. 1/13/2020.
Author: Alabama Board of Nursing
Code of Ala.