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DIVISION 73

NURSING SERVICES PROGRAM

 

575-073-0000

Definitions

For the purposes of the Nursing Services Program the following definitions shall be used:

(1) "Commission" means the Oregon Student Assistance Commission.

(2) "Nurse" means any person licensed under ORS 678.010 to 678.410 as a Registered Nurse.

(3) "Qualifying Loan" means any loan made under:

(a) Programs under Title IV, Parts B, D, and E, of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended; and

(b) The Nursing Student Loan Program and Health Education Assistance Loan Program administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

(4) "Nursing critical shortage area" means a locality or practice specialty identified as such by the Oregon State Board of Nursing, in consultation with the Office Rural Health.

(5) "Practice Full-Time" means professional employment as a nurse for no less than 32 working hours per week for no less than 48 weeks in a year (12 consecutive months).

(6) "Practice Part-time" means professional employment as a nurse between 16 and 31 working hours per week for no less than 48 weeks in a year (12 consecutive months) or no less than 32 working hours per week for 24 weeks to 47 weeks in a year (12 consecutive months).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 348
Stats. Implemented: SB 331, 2001 OLA
Hist.: OSAC 2-2002, f. & cert. ef. 2-6-02

575-073-0010

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of this program is to provide student loan repayments on behalf of nurses who enter into agreements to practice in "nursing critical shortage areas" in Oregon, and who fulfill minimum terms of such practice specified in OAR 575-073-0040(2).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 348
Stats. Implemented: SB 331, 2001 OLA
Hist.: OSAC 2-2002, f. & cert. ef. 2-6-02

575-073-0020

Administration

(1) The Commission shall be responsible for the administration of this program.

(2) The Commission shall be responsible for making such rules as are required for the administration of the program.

(3) The Commission, in consultation with the Office of Rural Health and the Oregon State Board of Nursing, shall develop criteria to select program participants from the pool of eligible applicants.

(4) The Oregon Board of Nursing, in consultation with the Office of Rural Health, shall adopt criteria by rule to determine the "nursing critical shortage areas" for the purposes of this program.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 348
Stats. Implemented: SB 331, 2001 OLA
Hist.: OSAC 2-2002, f. & cert. ef. 2-6-02

575-073-0030

Application and Selection

(1) To be eligible to participate in this program a nurse or prospective nurse shall submit an application to the Commission. Nurse practitioners licensed under ORS 678.375 are not eligible to participate.

(2) When funds are available, the Commission will provide application materials and information about the selection process to qualified individuals who have provided their names and mailing information to the Commission.

(3) Applicants selected for participation in this program shall sign an agreement with the Commission which sets forth the terms which the applicant must meet in order to qualify for benefits under this program.

(4) For purposes of selection, a selection committee, consisting of a representative each from the Oregon State Board of Nursing, the Office of Rural Health, the Oregon Nurses Association, the Area Health Education Center Program, and an employer in the health care field, will select participants annually.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 348
Stats. Implemented: SB 331, 2001 OLA
Hist.: OSAC 2-2002, f. & cert. ef. 2-6-02

575-073-0035

Selection Criteria

Priority in selection of participants will be given to eligible applicants who most closely match the nursing critical shortage areas established annually by the Board of Nursing.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 348
Stats. Implemented: SB 331, 2001 OLA
Hist.: OSAC 2-2002, f. & cert. ef. 2-6-02

575-073-0040

Terms of Agreement

Nurses or prospective nurses who are selected to participate in the Nursing Services Program shall agree that:

(1) For each year of nursing school, the applicant shall designate an amount from the student loans borrowed by the student, not to exceed $8,800, or the amount determined under section (4) of this rule, as a qualifying loan subject to repayment through this program.

(2) Within the four years following the execution of a Nursing Services Agreement, a participant agrees to practice for at least two years in a nursing critical shortage area in Oregon.

(3) For not less than two, nor more than four years, that a participant in the Nursing Services Program serves in a nursing critical shortage area in Oregon, the Commission shall annually pay:

(a) For full-time practice, an amount equal to 25 percent of the total of all qualifying loans made to the nurse.

(b) For part-time practice, a prorated amount equal to between 12.5 percent and 24 percent of the total of all qualifying loans made to the participant.

(4) On July 1 of each year, beginning in 2002 and ending in 2007, the Commission shall adjust the maximum dollar amount allowed under section (1) of this rule as a qualifying loan as specified in ORS 348.115.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 348
Stats. Implemented: SB 331, 2001 OLA
Hist.: OSAC 2-2002, f. & cert. ef. 2-6-02

575-073-0050

Penalties

If the participant does not complete the full service obligation set forth in OAR 575-073-0040(2) of this rule, the Commission shall collect 100 percent of any payments made by the Commission to the participant under this program. In addition, a penalty equal to 50 percent of the qualifying loans and interest paid by the Commission shall be assessed by the Commission, to be credited to and deposited in the Nursing Services Account.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 348
Stats. Implemented: SB 331, 2001 OLA
Hist.: OSAC 2-2002, f. & cert. ef. 2-6-02

575-073-0060

Waiver of Minimum Service Obligation

The Commission may waive all or part of the fees and penalties owed to the Commission under the following circumstances:

(1) Upon receiving written documentation acceptable to the Commission of the death of the participant; or

(2) Upon receiving written documentation acceptable to the Commission of the total and permanent disability of the participant; or

(3) After consideration by the Commission and the Oregon Board of Nursing of a written appeal from the participant for a waiver of the minimum service obligation.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 348
Stats. Implemented: SB 331, 2001 OLA
Hist.: OSAC 2-2002, f. & cert. ef. 2-6-02

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