Ala. Admin. Code r. 610-X-4-.16
License Reciprocity: Nursing
When an emergency declaration is in effect, a nurse with an active out-of-state license can provide emergency assistance for up to 30 days. A temporary permit, valid for up to 90 days, is required if the emergency continues past 30 days. The organization or individual providing the emergency employment must verify the out-of-state license is active. This provision applies to any level of licensed nursing.
(1) In the event the Governor proclaims a state of emergency impacting any part of Alabama, Code of Alabama, 1975 Section 34-21-6 applies for the first thirty (30) days." An individual licensed to practice nursing in another state may provide emergency assistance in Alabama for up to thirty (30) days subject to verification of licensure in the state where licensed. Any organization or individual who provides employment or volunteer opportunities for the licensed nurse providing nursing services is responsible to assure the validity of the nursing license. (2) Should an emergency continue past thirty days, a temporary permit to practice nursing in Alabama for 90 days is required. An application for an emergency temporary permit is required to be submitted to the Board either electronically or by mail. (3) Any individual licensed to practice nursing in another state is required to have an Alabama license if educational or consultative services extend beyond 30 calendar days in one year. (a) Providing nursing care at a camp in Alabama for longer than seven (7) days within a calendar year requires a license to practice nursing in Alabama. (b) Providing nursing care to and accompanying students from another state to Alabama for longer than seven (7) days within a calendar year requires a license to practice nursing in Alabama. (4) Telephonic or electronic services used to communicate with patients and provide direction regarding nursing and medical care require an active license to practice nursing in Alabama. (5) A licensed practical nurse or registered nurse who retires or ceases nursing practice for any-reason and has no intention to practice in the future may apply to the Board for an inactive license with a "retired" status. (a) The inactive license is valid for the same license period as an active license. (b) A fee is required to renew an inactive license. (c) Continuing education is not required to maintain an inactive license. (d) In order to reactivate an inactive license, the applicant shall submit an electronic application, pay the required fees and submit 24 contact hours of continuing education earned within two years of the date of the application.