Alabama Board of Nursing

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The mission of the Alabama Board of Nursing is to safeguard and promote the health, safety and welfare of the public through licensing and approval of qualified individuals and adopting and enforcing legal standards for nursing education and nursing practice.

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Code Commissioner’s note. – Acts 1993, No. 93-183, § 2, provides: “The existence and functioning of the Alabama Board of Nursing, created and functioning pursuant to Sections 34-21-1 to 34-21-63, inclusive, is continued, and those code sections are expressly preserved.”

Please Note: During the 2021 Regular Legislative Session, the Alabama Legislature passed Alabama Act 2021-275, which amended Article I of the Nurse Practice Act to grant the ABN authority to permit and regulate Medication Assistants, Certified (MACs) and Nurse Apprentices.

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Article I GENERAL PROVISIONS

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34-21-1.  Definitions.
34-21-2.  Board of Nursing generally.
34-21-3.  Advisory councils.
34-21-4.  Funds of Board; transfer of duties, powers, etc., of Board of nurses’ examiners and registration to Board of Nursing.
34-21-5.  Nursing educational programs.
34-21-6.  Exemptions.
34-21-7.  Violations and penalties.
34-21-8.  Payment of license and fees by personal check.

ALABAMA Act No. 2021-275 – AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLE I

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Article II LICENSES

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34-21-20.  Required generally.
34-21-21.  License to practice professional nursing; use of title “registered nurse.”
34-21-22.  License to practice practical nursing; use of title “licensed practical nurse.”
34-21-23.  Renewal of license; continuing education.
34-21-24.  Fees and charges.
34-21-25.  Denial, suspension or revocation of license; administrative fines; voluntary disciplinary alternative program.
34-21-26.  Practice of nursing by unlicensed persons declared public nuisance; injunctive relief.

Article III CONTINUING EDUCATION

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34-21-40.  Duty of Board of Nursing to provide programs, seminars and workshops
34-21-41.  Grants, contracts, etc., with individuals, institutions and agencies.
34-21-42.  Plans, programs and criteria.
34-21-43.  Source of funds

Article IV POST BACCALAUREATE SCHOLARSHIPS

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34-21-60.  Established; number.
34-21-61.  Qualifications of applicants; applications; administration.
34-21-62.  Amount of scholarships; criteria for selection of recipients; renewal of scholarships; failure to complete course or service as a nurse.
34-21-63.  Appropriations.

RELATED: National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Article V ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING

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34-21-80.  Declaration of Legislature.
34-21-81.  Definitions.
34-21-82.  Joint Committee – Appointment, terms of office, office of chairperson, and meetings.
34-21-83.  State Board of Medical Examiners to establish qualifications for physicians engaged in collaborative practice with advanced practice nurses.
34-21-84.  Board of Nursing to establish qualifications for advanced practice nurses; rules and regulations establishing procedures for certification.
34-21-85.  Joint Committee designated to recommend rules and regulations; requirements to engage in advanced practice nursing.
34-21-86.  Prescribing legend drugs; initiating call-in prescriptions; administering legend drugs.
34-21-87.  Joint Committee to recommend model practice protocols, formulary of legend drugs and certain rules and regulations.
34-21-88.  Acts which constitute grounds for termination.
34-21-89.  Boards permitted to initiate disciplinary actions for violations of section; requirements before action taken.
34-21-90.  Requirements for engaging in practice.
34-21-91.  Injunctive proceedings by boards against persons violating article.
34-21-92.  Waiver of requirements until adoption of rules and regulations.
34-21-93.  Construction of article with Sections 34-19-2 to 34-19-10.

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Article VI LOAN PROGRAM FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING

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Alabama Act No. 2016-353, enacted in 2016, directs the Board to establish the Loan Program for Advanced Practice Nursing. The act is pending official inclusion in the Code of Alabama, but became effective with Governor Bentley’s signature on May 11, 2016. Review Alabama Act No. 2016-353 here.

34-21-94.  Loan Repayment Program Established.
34-21-95.  Definitions.
34-21-96.  Awarding of loans and terms of repayment.
34-21-97.  Areas of Critical Need.
34-21-98.  Provisions for default or other failure to honor a contract with the Board.
34-21-99.  Other requirements and powers of the board.

Article VII ENHANCED NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT

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34-21-120.  Findings; purpose.
34-21-121.  Definitions.
34-21-122.  General provisions and jurisdiction.
34-21-123.  Applications for licensure in a party state.
34-21-124.  Additional powers of party state licensing boards.
34-21-125.  Coordinated licensure information system; exchange of information.
34-21-126.  Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators.
34-21-127.  Rulemaking authority.
34-21-128.  Oversight, dispute resolution, enforcement,etc.
34-21-129.  Effective date; withdrawal or termination; amendments.
34-21-130.  Construction; severability.

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