SB 95

Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Nursing, Board of, loan repayment program for advanced-practice nurses, loan program authorized for certain currently certified nurses, Sec. 34-21-96 am'd.
Description

Under existing law, the Board of Nursing administers a loan-repayment program for advanced-practice nurses who contract with the board to work in medically underserved areas of the state after receiving their graduate degree as a certified registered nurse practitioner, a certified nurse midwife, or a certified registered nurse anesthetist

This bill would authorize the board to award advanced-practice nurse loans to those nurses who have recently completed a graduate degree program and immediately begin to practice in a medically underserved area of the state

To amend Section 34-21-96, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the loan repayment program for advanced-practice nursing administered by the Board of Nursing; to authorize the board to provide loans to currently certified nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists who contract with the board to practice in medically underserved areas of the state.

Subjects
Nursing, Board of
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Under existing law, the Board of Nursing administers a loan-repayment program for advanced-practice nurses who contract with the board to work in medically underserved areas of the state after receiving their graduate degree as a certified registered nurse practitioner, a certified nurse midwife, or a certified registered nurse anesthetist

This bill would authorize the board to award advanced-practice nurse loans to those nurses who have recently completed a graduate degree program and immediately begin to practice in a medically underserved area of the state

To amend Section 34-21-96, Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the loan repayment program for advanced-practice nursing administered by the Board of Nursing; to authorize the board to provide loans to currently certified nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists who contract with the board to practice in medically underserved areas of the state.

Section 1

Section 34-21-96 of the Code of Alabama 1975, is amended to read as follows:

§34-21-96.

(a)(1) The board shall establish and award, according to the judgment of the board, loans to provide for the training of qualified applicants for admission or students in accredited nursing education programs approved by the board who are pursuing, or have completed within the five years immediately preceding the current loan term, a graduate degree to become a certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP), a certified nurse midwife (CNM), or a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), but only for people who have signed contracts as provided in subsection (b). The board may permit eligible people to apply for a loan under the Alabama Loan-Repayment Program for Advanced-Practice Nursing in any scholastic year and for any previously completed scholastic year.

(2) The board may award to an eligible person, for as many as three years for a person pursuing a or holding an eligible master's degree and as many as four years for a person pursuing a or holding an eligible doctorate, an annual loan not to exceed $15,000 fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000), except that the board in each succeeding year may raise the maximum amount allowed for an annual loan by the average percentage increase for that year, compared to the previous year, in in-state tuition for graduate programs in advanced-practice nursing charged by public colleges or universities in Alabama.

(3) The board shall make a careful and thorough investigation of the ability, character, and qualifications of each applicant for loans under the program, and shall in its judgment award a loan or loans under the requirements of the program.

(4) A person who has signed such a contract with the board may postpone choosing an area of critical need in which to work to a time set by the board.

(b) A loan or loans under this program may be awarded only to people who have signed contracts with the board to repay amounts received under the program by working following graduation, or immediately in the case of a then currently approved CRNP, CNM, or CRNA, in full-time practice as a CRNA, CRNP, or CNM in an area of critical need for 18 months for each year he or she received a loan under the program.

(c) A participant, subject to approval by the board, may change the area of critical need where he or she will work to repay loans under this program, but in no case shall the applicant work in full-time practice for less than three years in the new area of critical need."

Section 2

This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.

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Action Date Chamber Action
February 6, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Ways and Means Education
February 6, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 301
February 6, 2018SThird Reading Passed
February 1, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
January 9, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Health and Human Services
2018-02-01
Chamber: House
Result: Passed
2018-01-16
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed
2018-02-06
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed