Ala. Admin. Code r. 610-X-4-.01 - Definitions

Current through Register Vol. 40, No. 6, March 31, 2022

(1) Application(s): Form(s) and process (es) for applicants seeking licensure by examination, endorsement, reinstatement, or renewal.
(a) Incomplete application: Missing requirements.
(b) Complete application: Meets requirements.
(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 period.
(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 licensing boards.
(5) Multistate 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 Alabama.
(6) Lapsed License: Failure of licensee to renew; does not require examination for reinstatement.
(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 Alabama.
(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.
(9) 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.
(11) Primary 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.
(12) 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 catastrophic event.
(14) Emergency 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 the compact.
(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.
(19) Multistate 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 Licensure Compact.
(20) Single 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 state.
(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. 610-X-4-.01
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. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVI, Issue No. 06, March 30, 2018, eff. 5/4/2018. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVI, Issue No. 10, July 31, 2018, eff. 9/3/2018. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVII, Issue No. 11, August 30, 2019, eff. 9/9/2019; operative January 1, 2020. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVIII, Issue No. 02, November 29, 2019, eff. 1/13/2020.

Author: Alabama Board of Nursing

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, ยงยง 34-21-2, 34-21-9.

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