Article 1 General Provisions 34-21-1 – 34-21-8
Article 2 Licenses 34-21-20 – 34-21-26
Article 3 Continuing Education 34-21-40 – 34-21-43
Article 4 Post-Baccalaureate Scholarships 34-21-60 – 34-21-63
Article 5 Advanced Practice Nursing 34-21-80 – 34-21-93.1
Article 6 Loan Repayment Program for Advanced Practice Nursing 34-21-94 – 34-21-99
Article 7 Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact 34-21-120 – 34-21-130

Terms Used In Alabama Code > Title 34 > Chapter 21

  • ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE: A registered nurse that has gained additional knowledge and skills through successful completion of an organized program of nursing education that prepares nurses for advanced practice roles and has been certified by the Board of Nursing to engage in the practice of advanced practice nursing. See Alabama Code 34-21-81
  • ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING: The delivery of health care services by registered nurses who have gained additional knowledge and skills through successful completion of an organized program of nursing education that prepares nurses for advanced practice roles as certified registered nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, certified nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists:

    a. See Alabama Code 34-21-81

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Affirmed: In the practice of the appellate courts, the decree or order is declared valid and will stand as rendered in the lower court.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • AREA OF CRITICAL NEED: An area with a critical need for more advanced-practice nurses, as determined by the board. See Alabama Code 34-21-95
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • board: The Alabama Board of Nursing. See Alabama Code 34-21-95
  • BOARD OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS: The State Board of Medical Examiners established pursuant to Section 34-24-53. See Alabama Code 34-21-81
  • BOARD OF NURSING: The Board of Nursing established under Section 34-21-2. See Alabama Code 34-21-81
  • circuit: means judicial circuit. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • CLAIM INFORMATION: Data related to whether an individual is receiving, has received, or has made application for unemployment compensation, the amount of such compensation being received or to be received by the individual, and the individual's current or most recent home address. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • collaboration: A formal relationship between one or more certified registered nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives and a physician or physicians under which these nurses may engage in advanced practice nursing as evidenced by written protocols approved in accordance with the requirements of this article or exempted in accordance with requirements of this article. See Alabama Code 34-21-81
  • commissioner: The Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries of the State of Alabama or his duly authorized representative. See Alabama Code 2-17-1
  • commissioner: The Commissioner of the State of Alabama, Department of Human Resources. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • commissioner: The Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries. See Alabama Code 2-1-1
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • cooperative: A cooperative marketing association for marketing of farm products. See Alabama Code 2-1-1
  • corporation: Includes a domestic or foreign business corporation as defined in Chapter 2 or Chapter 2A, as applicable, a domestic or foreign nonprofit corporation as defined in Chapter 3, a domestic or foreign professional corporation as defined in Chapter 4, and those entities specified in Chapter 20 as corporate. See Alabama Code 10A-1-1.03
  • county: Houston County. See Alabama Code 45-35-20.03
  • CUSTODIAN OF RECORDS: The person within the Department of Labor authorized to maintain the data collected under this chapter, including, but not limited to, all employment hiring data entered into the State Directory of New Hires, wage information, and unemployment claim and compensation information. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • department: The State of Alabama, Department of Industrial Relations. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
  • director: An individual who serves on the board of directors, by whatever name known, of a foreign or domestic corporation. See Alabama Code 10A-1-1.03
  • Distribution: means a direct or indirect transfer of money or other property, except its own shares, or incurrence of indebtedness by a corporation to or for the benefit of any one or more of its shareholders in respect of any of its shares. See Alabama Code 10A-2-1.40
  • domestic: With respect to an entity, that the entity is formed and exists pursuant to this title. See Alabama Code 10A-1-1.03
  • domestic corporation: means a business corporation, which is not a foreign corporation, incorporated under or subject to the provisions of this chapter. See Alabama Code 10A-2-1.40
  • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • electronic: Relating to technology having electrical, digital, magnetic, wireless, optical, electromagnetic, or similar capabilities. See Alabama Code 10A-1-1.03
  • employee: An individual in the employ of another who performs a service for hire and receives wages. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • employer: A person or entity, including a state or local government entity or labor organization, who employs an individual to perform a service for hire and pays wages directly to the individual. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • EMPLOYMENT SECURITY RECORDS: Information maintained by the Department of Labor's Employment Service Division and Unemployment Compensation Division relating to an individual's search for employment and unemployment benefits. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • Entitlement: A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans' compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs.
  • Entity: includes corporation and foreign corporation; nonprofit corporation; for profit and nonprofit association; business trust; estate; partnership; limited liability company; trust; and two or more persons having a joint or common economic interest; and state, United States, and foreign government. See Alabama Code 10A-2-1.40
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • ESTABLISHMENT DEALING IN OR PERMITTING THE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: Any business establishment operating within the county whichsells, dispenses, or otherwise allows or permits the consumption of alcoholic beverages on the premises. See Alabama Code 45-35-20.03
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Executor: A male person named in a will to carry out the decedent
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • firm: Any partnership, association or other unincorporated business organization. See Alabama Code 2-17-1
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • FOOD STAMP OVERISSUANCE: The receipt by an individual of food stamp benefits in excess of the amount the individual is entitled to receive, as authorized under the Federal Food Stamp Act of 1977. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • foreign: With respect to an entity, that the entity is formed and existing under the laws of a jurisdiction other than this state. See Alabama Code 10A-1-1.03
  • Foreign corporation: means a business corporation incorporated under a law other than the law of this state. See Alabama Code 10A-2-1.40
  • foreign corporation: means an entity incorporated or existing under this chapter. See Alabama Code 10A-2A-1.40
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Germane: On the subject of the pending bill or other business; a strict standard of relevance.
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Indemnification: In general, a collateral contract or assurance under which one person agrees to secure another person against either anticipated financial losses or potential adverse legal consequences. Source: FDIC
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • INTRASTATE COMMERCE: Commerce within this state. See Alabama Code 2-17-1
  • Joint committee: Committees including membership from both houses of teh legislature. Joint committees are usually established with narrow jurisdictions and normally lack authority to report legislation.
  • LABOR ORGANIZATION: As defined in Section 2(5) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) as "any organization of any kind, or any agency or employer representation committee or plan in which employees participate and which exists for the purpose, in whole or in part of dealing with employers concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, rate of pay, hours of employment or conditions of work. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • law: Unless the context requires otherwise, both statutory and common law. See Alabama Code 10A-1-1.03
  • LEGEND DRUG: Any drug, medicine, chemical, or poison bearing on the label the words, "Caution, Federal Law prohibits dispensing without prescription" or similar words indicating that such drug, medicine, chemical, or poison may be sold or dispensed only upon the prescription of a licensed practitioner, except that the term legend drug shall not include any drug, substance, or compound which is listed in Schedules I through V of the Alabama Uniform Controlled Substances Act. See Alabama Code 34-21-81
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • NATIONAL DIRECTORY OF NEW HIRES: A directory maintained at the federal level to receive certain data and information from the states as required pursuant to Section 453(i)(1) of the Social Security Act and other federal statutes. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • NEW HIRE: An individual who is employed by a particular employer for the first time. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • oath: includes affirmation. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • owner: When applied to a building or land, shall include any part owner, joint owner, tenant in common, tenant in partnership, joint tenant, or tenant by the entirety of the whole or of a part of the building or land. See Alabama Code 45-35-20.03
  • participant: Any person who applies for and is awarded a loan as provided in this article. See Alabama Code 34-21-95
  • person: An individual, including the estate of an incompetent or deceased individual, or an organization, whether created by the laws of this state or another state or foreign country, including, without limitation, a general partnership, limited liability partnership, limited partnership, limited liability limited partnership, limited liability company, corporation, professional corporation, nonprofit corporation, professional association, trustee, personal representative, fiduciary, as defined in Section 19-3-150 or person performing in any similar capacity, business trust, estate, trust, association, joint venture, government, governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality, or any other legal or commercial entity. See Alabama Code 10A-1-1.03
  • person: An individual, a partnership, a corporation or two or more individuals having a joint or common interest. See Alabama Code 2-1-1
  • person: Includes all associations, clubs, societies, firms, partnerships, and bodies politic and corporate, as well as individuals or groups of individuals, and includes any trustee, receiver, assignee, or similar representative thereof. See Alabama Code 45-35-20.03
  • personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action and evidence of debt, deeds and conveyances. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • PERSONAL PROPERTY: Every species of property except real property. See Alabama Code 45-35-20.03
  • poultry: Any live or slaughtered domesticated bird. See Alabama Code 2-17-1
  • preceding: means next before. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • prescription: An order for a legend drug which is written and signed by a practitioner authorized by law to prescribe and administer such drugs and which is intended to be filled, compounded, or dispensed by a pharmacist. See Alabama Code 34-21-81
  • Principal office: means the office, in or out of this state, so designated in the annual report where the principal executive offices of a domestic or foreign corporation are located. See Alabama Code 10A-2-1.40
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • program: The Alabama Loan-Repayment Program for Advanced-Practice Nursing. See Alabama Code 34-21-95
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • protocol: A document approved in accordance with Section 34-21-87 establishing the permissible functions and activities to be performed by certified registered nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives and signed by collaborating physicians and any nurse practitioners or nurse midwives practicing with those physicians. See Alabama Code 34-21-81
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • REAL PROPERTY: Includes lands, tenements, and hereditaments. See Alabama Code 45-35-20.03
  • recall: An individual who was temporarily separated from an employer but who is called back to work for that same employer. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • rehire: An individual who was separated from an employer on other than a temporary basis but who is returning to work for that same employer. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Secretary: means the corporate officer to whom the board of directors has delegated responsibility under Section 10A-2-8. See Alabama Code 10A-2-1.40
  • secretary: The Secretary of the State of Alabama, Department of Labor. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE: The Secretary of the Federal Department of Agriculture. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: The Secretary of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • SECRETARY OF LABOR: The Secretary of the Federal Department of Labor. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • Shareholder: means the person in whose name shares are registered in the records of a corporation or the beneficial owner of shares to the extent of the rights granted by a nominee certificate on file with a corporation. See Alabama Code 10A-2-1.40
  • SOCIAL SECURITY ACT: The Federal Social Security Act. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • state: Includes, when referring to a part of the United States, a state or commonwealth, and its agencies and governmental subdivisions, and a territory or possession, and its agencies and governmental subdivisions, of the United States. See Alabama Code 10A-1-1.03
  • state: The State of Alabama. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • STATE DIRECTORY OF NEW HIRES: A directory containing the name, address, Social Security number, and date of hire of each newly hired, recalled, or rehired individual, as reported by employers to the Department of Labor. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Temporary restraining order: Prohibits a person from an action that is likely to cause irreparable harm. This differs from an injunction in that it may be granted immediately, without notice to the opposing party, and without a hearing. It is intended to last only until a hearing can be held.
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION: Any compensation payable under Section 25-4-1 et seq. See Alabama Code 25-11-3
  • United States: includes the territories thereof and the District of Columbia. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
  • WAGE INFORMATION: Data related to the compensation an individual receives for employment, including wages paid to the individual, the individual's Social Security number, and the name, address, state and federal employer identification numbers of the individual's employer. See Alabama Code 25-11-3