1. The department of health and senior services shall be the administrative agency
for the implementation of the professional and practical nursing student loan program
established under sections 335.212 to 335.242, and the nursing student loan repayment program established under sections 335.245 to 335.259. 1
2. An advisory panel of nurses shall be appointed by the director. It shall be composed of not more than eleven members representing practical, associate
degree, diploma, baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, community health, primary
care, hospital, long-term care, a consumer, and the Missouri state board of nursing. The panel shall make recommendations to the director on the content of any rules,
regulations or guidelines prior to their promulgation. The panel may make recommendations to the director regarding fund allocations for
loans and loan repayment based on current nursing shortage needs.
3. The department of health and senior services shall promulgate reasonable rules
and regulations for the exercise of its function pursuant to sections 335.212 to 335.259. 1 It shall prescribe the form, the time and method of filing applications and supervise
the proceedings thereof. No rule or portion of a rule promulgated under the authority of sections 335.212 to 335.257 shall become effective unless it has been promulgated pursuant to the provisions
of section 536.024.
4. Ninety-five percent of funds loaned pursuant to sections 335.212 to 335.242 shall be loaned to qualified applicants who are enrolled in professional nursing
programs in participating schools and five percent of the funds loaned pursuant to
sections 335.212 to 335.242 shall be loaned to qualified applicants who are enrolled in practical nursing programs. Priority shall be given to eligible students who have established financial need. All loan repayment funds pursuant to sections 335.245 to 335.259 1 shall be used to reimburse successful associate, diploma, baccalaureate or graduate
professional nurse applicants' educational loans who agree to serve in areas of defined
need as determined by the department.
Revisor's note: Section 335.259 was repealed by S.B. 52, § A, 1993.
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