Article 1 Nurse Practice Act
Article 15 Nurse Licensure Compact

Terms Used In South Carolina Code > Title 40 > Chapter 33

  • Administrator: means the individual to whom the director has delegated authority to administer the programs of a specific board or of a professional or occupational group for which the department has regulatory authority or has delegated authority to administer the programs of a specific board;

    (2) "Authorization to practice" or "Practice authorization" means the approval to practice the specified profession, engage in the specified occupation, or use a title protected under this article, which has been granted by the applicable board. See South Carolina Code 40-1-20
  • Adverse action: means any administrative, civil, equitable, or criminal action permitted by a state's laws which is imposed by a licensing board or other authority against a nurse, including actions against an individual's license or multistate licensure privilege such as revocation, suspension, probation, monitoring of the licensee, limitation on the licensee's practice, or any other encumbrance on licensure affecting a nurse's authorization to practice, including issuance of a cease and desist action. See South Carolina Code 40-33-1310
  • Agent Orange: means the herbicide composed primarily of trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2, 4, 5 T) and dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2, 4 D) and its contaminant tetrachlorodibenzo-para-dioxin (2, 3, 7, 8 dioxin, TCDD). See South Carolina Code 40-33-70
  • Alternative program: means a nondisciplinary monitoring program approved by a licensing board. See South Carolina Code 40-33-1310
  • Chemical agent: means dioxin or other toxic substances found in certain defoliants, herbicides, pesticides, and similar chemical substances or causative agents. See South Carolina Code 40-33-70
  • Commission: means the Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators. See South Carolina Code 40-33-1310
  • Commission: means the group of individuals charged by law with the responsibility of licensing or otherwise regulating an occupation or profession within the State. See South Carolina Code 40-1-20
  • Coordinated licensure information system: means an integrated process for collecting, storing, and sharing information on nurse licensure and enforcement activities related to nurse licensure laws that is administered by a nonprofit organization composed of and controlled by licensing boards. See South Carolina Code 40-33-1310
  • Council: means the South Carolina Agent Orange Advisory Council. See South Carolina Code 40-33-70
  • Current significant investigative information: means :

    (a) investigative information that a licensing board, after a preliminary inquiry that includes notification and an opportunity for the nurse to respond, if required by state law, has reason to believe is not groundless and, if proved true, would indicate more than a minor infraction; or

    (b) investigative information that indicates that the nurse represents an immediate threat to public health and safety regardless of whether the nurse has been notified and had an opportunity to respond. See South Carolina Code 40-33-1310
  • Department: means the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation;

    (5) "Director" means the Director of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation or the director's official designee;

    (6) "Licensee" means a person granted an authorization to practice pursuant to this article and refers to a person holding a license, permit, certification, or registration granted pursuant to this article;

    (7) "Licensing act" means the individual statute or regulations, or both, of each regulated profession or occupation which include, but are not limited to, board governance, the qualifications and requirements for authorization to practice, prohibitions, and disciplinary procedures;

    (8) "Person" means an individual, partnership, or corporation;

    (9) "Profession" or "occupation" means a profession or occupation regulated or administered, or both, by the department pursuant to this article. See South Carolina Code 40-1-20
  • Encumbrance: means a revocation or suspension of, or any limitation on, the full and unrestricted practice of nursing imposed by a licensing board. See South Carolina Code 40-33-1310
  • Home state: means the party state which is the nurse's primary state of residence. See South Carolina Code 40-33-1310
  • Licensing board: means a party state's regulatory body responsible for issuing nurse licenses. See South Carolina Code 40-33-1310
  • Multistate license: means a license to practice as a registered or a licensed practical/vocational nurse (LPN/VN) issued by a home state licensing board that authorizes the licensed nurse to practice in all party states under a multistate licensure privilege. See South Carolina Code 40-33-1310
  • Multistate licensure privilege: means a legal authorization associated with a multistate license permitting the practice of nursing as either a registered nurse (RN) or LPN/VN in a remote state. See South Carolina Code 40-33-1310
  • Nurse: means RN or LPN/VN, as those terms are defined by each party state's practice laws. See South Carolina Code 40-33-1310
  • Party state: means any state that has adopted this compact. See South Carolina Code 40-33-1310
  • Program: means the Agent Orange Information and Assistance Program. See South Carolina Code 40-33-70
  • Remote state: means a party state, other than the home state. See South Carolina Code 40-33-1310
  • Single-state license: means a nurse license issued by a party state that authorizes practice only within the issuing state and does not include a multistate licensure privilege to practice in any other party state. See South Carolina Code 40-33-1310
  • State: means a state, territory, or possession of the United States and the District of Columbia. See South Carolina Code 40-33-1310
  • State practice laws: means a party state's laws, rules, and regulations that govern the practice of nursing, define the scope of nursing practice, and create the methods and grounds for imposing discipline. See South Carolina Code 40-33-1310
  • Veteran: means a person who is a resident of this State and who served in the armed forces of the United States of America from the year 1959 through the year 1975. See South Carolina Code 40-33-70