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Alabama Board of Nursing
FAQ - Temporary Permit

 


1) What can a nursing graduate do in a facility/agency until he/she receives a temporary permit?

To provide nursing care in Alabama, a nursing license is required.  A first-time applicant for licensure in Alabama, including the nursing graduate, may request a nonrenewable temporary permit to practice nursing. The non-renewable temporary permit allows the graduate to practice as a Nursing Graduate-PN Program (NG-PNP) or Nursing Graduate-RN Program (NG-RNP) with stipulations.

Prior to the receipt of the temporary permit, the nursing graduate cannot work in an employment classification that requires a nursing license, including participation in nursing orientation.  The graduate without a temporary permit or license must be classified as unlicensed and must follow the policies and procedures for unlicensed personnel in the agency/facility.  Nursing procedures and activities that are permitted in the nursing education program under the direct supervision of nursing faculty are not allowed in the work place for unlicensed personnel.

The regulation answering this question is found in the Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code, chapter 610-X-4-.07 which states

  1. A first-time applicant for licensure in Alabama may request a nonrenewable temporary permit to practice nursing.
     
  2. The temporary permit is valid for a period determined by the Board.
     
  3. The temporary permit allows the applicant for licensure by examination to practice as a Nursing Graduate-PN Program (NG-PNP) or Nursing Graduate-RN Program (NG-RNP), subject to the following stipulations:
     
    1. The Nursing Graduate must function under direct supervision of a currently licensed registered nurse.
       
    2. The Nursing Graduate shall not assume nor be assigned charge responsibilities.
       
  4. A temporary permit shall expire:
     
    1. If the applicant fails the licensing examination.
       
    2. At the time designated on the permit.
       
    3. Once a license is issued.
       
    4. If the applicant is denied licensure.
       
  5. The applicant for licensure shall:
     
    1. Provide every employer the temporary permit for visual inspection.
       
    2. Provide to an employer validation of a current license upon receipt of the official license card.
       
    3. Inform the employer of denial of licensure.
       
    4. Immediately inform the employer of failure of the licensing examination.
       
  6. The Board shall issue notice of denial of licensure.  Receipt of notice is presumed within five calendar days of mailing.

2) What can a nursing graduate do in a facility/agency with a temporary permit?

As defined in the Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code, chapter 610-X-4-.07(3), the stipulations that impact the nursing graduate with a temporary permit include:

  • The Nursing Graduate must function under direct supervision of a currently licensed registered nurse.  The licensed registered nurse must be physically present in facility and readily accessible to designate or prescribe a course of action or to give procedural guidance, direction, and periodic evaluation.
     
  • The Nursing Graduate shall not assume nor be assigned charge responsibilities.

Direct Supervision is defined in the Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code, chapter 610-X-2-.04(4) as:  “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.”

 

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