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Chapter 1. California Student Aid Commission Article 18. State Nursing Assumption Program Of Loans For Education For Nurses In State Facilities (Snaple-Nsf) Definitions   

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(a) "Accelerated program" means an approved pre-licensure nursing program that enables a student to complete the instructional program in less time than a traditional program, as determined by the institution.

(b) "Accredited program" means a pre-licensure nursing program approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing pursuant to Business and Professions Code Sections 2785 through 2789.

(c) "Eligible applicant" means:

(1) a student, who has completed a minimum of 60 semester units or the equivalent, and has been admitted to or is enrolled in an approved pre-licensure nursing program, and who submits an application pursuant to Section 30921 and agrees to work in a state-operated facility in an eligible position, and has received or is approved to receive, a loan under one or more of the designated loan programs, or any loan program approved by the Student Aid Commission, or

(2) an individual who has completed an approved pre-licensure nursing program within the award year that he or she applies for the program, and who has applied or is applying for licensure as a registered nurse in California, and who submits an application pursuant to section 30921 and agrees to work in a state-operated facility in an eligible position, and has received or is approved to receive, a loan under one or more of the designated loan programs, or any loan program approved by the Student Aid Commission. However, a person who is currently employed as a registered nurse in a state-operated 24-hour facility is not eligible to enter into an agreement for loan assumption.

(d) "Eligible institution" means a postsecondary institution that is determined by the Commission to meet both of the following requirements: the institution is eligible to participate in state and federal financial aid programs, and the institution maintains an accredited program of professional preparation for licensing as a registered nurse in California.

(e) "Eligible position" means a position in a state-operated facility that appears on the list of Approved Positions for the State Nursing Assumption Program of Loans for Education for Nurses in State Facilities provided by the Student Aid Commission (see Attachment A).

(f) "Employed on a full-time basis" means employed in an eligible position as a registered nurse, in a full-time capacity as defined by the employing, state-operated facility.

(g) "Enrolled on a full-time basis" means enrolled as a pre-licensure registered nurse student, in a full-time capacity as defined by the eligible institution.

(h) "Natural disaster" means a fire, flood, storm, tidal wave, earthquake, terrorism, epidemic, or other similar public calamity that the Governor determines presents a threat to public safety. (California Government Code, Section 8680.3)

(i) "Need-based student loans" means federally subsidized student loans or other student loans awarded based on the student's demonstrated financial need.

(j) "Other natural causes" means a disease, or a physical or mental condition involving in-patient care in a hospital or residential health care facility, or continuing treatment or continuing supervision by a health care provider, or family care and medical leave under Government Code Section 12945.2 of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.

(k) "One year" means twelve calendar months.

(l) "Program" means the State Nursing Assumption Program of Loans for Education for Nurses in State Facilities established in Article 2 (commencing with Section 70120 of Chapter 2 of Part 42 of the Education Code) and as set forth in this Article.

(m) "Program participant" means an individual who has a loan assumption agreement signed by both the individual and the Commission.

(n) "Registered nurse" means a person who possesses a valid license to practice as a professional registered nurse in California and provides patient care services in an eligible position as identified in the list of Approved Positions for the State Nursing Assumption Program of Loans for Education for Nurses in State Facilities (see Attachment A).

(o) "Satisfactory academic progress" means academic standing consistent with the requirements of the eligible institution for satisfactory progress toward the completion of the pre-licensure nursing program.

(p) "Serious illness" means an illness involving in-patient care in a hospital or residential health care facility, or continuing treatment or continuing supervision by a health care provider, or family care and medical leave under Government Code Section 12945.2 or the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.

(q) "State-operated facility" means a state-operated facility in California that:

(1) provides health care 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, including but not limited to prisons, psychiatric hospitals and veterans' homes;

(2) employs registered nurses;

(3) has a vacancy rate greater than 10 percent of its registered nurse positions as determined by the Department of Personnel Administration; and,

(4) is included on the list of state-operated facilities provided annually to the Commission by the Department of Personnel Administration pursuant to Education Code Section 70121.

Authority cited:

Education Code 70125

Reference:

Education Code 70120

Education Code 70121

Education Code 70124

Education Code 70125

Education Code 70128

(Amended By Register 2008, No.24.)