The Kentucky Board of Nursing protects the public by enacting and enforcing state rules overseeing the legal conduct of nurses, hemodialysis technicians, and certified professional midwives.

The last ten years or so of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, which historians refer to as the Progressive Era, saw a series of innovations that increased the standard of nursing services. Among these was the effort to establish nurse registration and examination boards. Governments established these autonomous institutions to protect the public and promote nurse training, and they were tasked with enforcing the rules governing nursing practice.

In Kentucky, participants of the Association Alumnae of Trained Nurses of the United States and Canada (preceding of the American Nurses’ Association) collaborated with participants of the Kentucky State Association of Registered Nurses (prior to the Kentucky Nurses’ Association) and government officials to develop legislation, and on March 13, 1914, the Kentucky General Assembly established the Kentucky State Board of Nurse Examiners for Trained Nurses (Kentucky Board of Nursing).

Two months later, Governor McCreary named five members to the newly established Board. Their objective was to convene on a regular basis to create bylaws controlling the registration criteria for trained or graduate nurses, as well as to carry out nursing regulations authorized by the legislature. Six weeks following the initial meeting, they began reviewing applications from “nurses desirous of registering under the waiver without an examination” as required by law. Seventy-two were authorized. The Board also developed guidelines for nurse training schools and decided on the curriculum and texts to be utilized. Copies of the rules were provided to all schools in Kentucky, along with nurse training.

Nursing practice in Kentucky underwent major alterations during the 1970s. One of the most significant was the 1978 change to the Kentucky Nursing Practice Act, which extended registered nurses’ duties. It recognized advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs), such as nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners, who had completed post-basic training programs and received national certification in nursing specializations. This revision also established a Nurse Practice Council to provide guidance to the Board on problems concerning advanced nursing practice. To increase licensee proficiency, obligatory continuing education for license renewal was instituted in 1982. Throughout the 1980s, the Board concentrated most of its efforts on increasing standards.

Today, the Governor appoints board members to staggered four-year terms, and they are eligible for reappointment.

  • 9 registered nurses licensed to practice in the state
  • 3 practical nurses licensed to practice in Kentucky
  • 1 nurse service administrator who is a registered nurse licensed to practice in the Commonwealth
  • 1 registered nurse licensed to practice in KY engaged in practical nurse education
  • 2 citizens at large who are not involved with or financially engaged in the regulated practice or company.

In the 1980s, Kentucky had 83 nurse practitioners, 44 midwives, and 87 nurse anesthetists. In fiscal year 22-23, Kentucky employed 83,191 nurses. There were 9,197 licensed LPNs, 793 out-of-state providers, and 2,093 reinstatement and new licenses, for a total of 12,083. There were 44,252 Kentucky-licensed registered nurses and 7,116 out-of-state providers, plus 9,537 reinstatements and new licenses, for a total of 60,905. Kentucky’s licensed APRNs were 8,531, with 2,173 out-of-state providers and 1,499 reinstatements and new licenses, for a total of 12,203.

Kentucky State Board of Nursing Board Contacts

Kentucky Board of Nursing Email[email protected]
Kentucky Board of Nursing Phone Number(502) 429-7150
Kentucky Board of Nursing Address310 Whittington Parkway, Suite 1B, Louisville, KY 40222
Kentucky Board of Nursing Portal

KY Board Nursing Practice Laws, Rules & Regulations

Kentucky law maintains that “registered nursing practice” comprises the execution of tasks that require specialized expertise, judgment, and skill KRS 314.011(6), which includes:

  • Care, counseling, and health education for the ailing, wounded, or infirm.
  • Maintaining health or preventing others’ illnesses.
  • Administration of medicine and therapy as prescribed by a physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, or dentist.
  • Supervise, instruct, and delegate nursing care duties to other people.
  • Other acts approved or regulated by the Board that are compatible with the ANA standards of conduct or with standards established by nationally recognized groups or registered nurses.

The RN’s scope of practice does not include independent practice, ordering supplies, or prescribing treatments.

Each nurse is accountable for their actions, depending on their education and experience.

According to Kentucky Revised Statute – KRS 314.011, the scopes of practice for registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) differ. The registered nurse works independently, whereas the licensed practical nurse works dependently.

Nursing Practice ComponentsRN Scope of Practice
Independent Role
LPN Scope of Practice
Dependent Role
Accepting Assignments Accepts assignments based on personal educational preparation and experience, and performs tasks with expertise and safety. Accepts assignments based on practice setting characteristics, including availability of RN supervision and individual proficiency.
AssessmentResponsible for including the following in the initial, thorough, and continuing assessments to identify nursing care needs:
• Collects, checks, analyzes, and interprets data on health status.

The RN is responsible for assessing patients for both current and potential health issues.
Contributes to the first, complete, and continuing assessment:  
• Collects data and recognizes correlation with health state and therapy.  
• Determines the imminent necessity for assistance.
Nursing Diagnosis Formulates nursing diagnosis. 
• Determines the scope and frequency of assessments required.
It is not within the scope of the LPN profession to construct a nursing diagnosis.
PlanningEstablishes and maintains a patient nursing plan of care.  
• Identifies patient requirements.  
• Prioritizes nursing diagnosis.  
• Identifies nursing care goals and outcomes.  
• Determines interventions suited for the patient.
Contributes to the planning process.  
• Suggests goals and interventions to the RN.
ImplementationImplements the nursing plan of care.  
• Directs LPN practice.  
• Procure resources  
• Performs, assigns, and supervises others licensed nurses and UAPs.  
• Delegate non-complex nursing interventions to different licensed nurses and UAP.  

Responsible for ensuring that delegated or assigned duties are accomplished in accordance with policy and procedure, either directly or indirectly allocated.
Contributes to the implementation of approved nursing care plans, with the following limitations:  
• RN supervision is essential.  
• Direct, allocate, and oversee other LPNs and UAPs.  

LPN supervision is restricted to ensuring that duties are executed in accordance with agency regulations and procedures.
EvaluationEvaluates and determines the efficacy of nursing treatments and the accomplishment of intended results.  
• Modifies the plan of care as needed.
Contributes to assessment through:  
• Identifies the patient’s response to the nursing intervention and advises the RN an adjustment to the plan of care. 
Reporting and RecordingDocument all elements of nursing care in a timely and correct manner on key records. To report and record significant information, follow established rules and communicate directly with the right personnel.
• Be punctual and sensitive to patients’ needs.
• Evaluate answers and identify more communication requirements.

Documentation in patient records should include relevant health data and patient responses to care.
• Provide an accurate description of all nursing care offered.
• Be done immediately in accordance with the demands of the patient.
• Reflect the dissemination of crucial information to appropriate stakeholders.
• Ensure that drugs are administered properly and stored securely.
CollaboratingCommunicates and collaborates with others whose services may impact the patient’s healthcare. 
• Initiates collaboration by organizing, planning, and implementing nursing care for patients within the multidisciplinary team. 
• Participates in transdisciplinary decision-making. 
Contributes by collaborating with the medical staff as assigned.  
• Identifies patient reaction to treatments and offers adjustments in the plan of care.
Teaching and Counseling Responsibilities include teaching and counseling patients, families, groups, and nursing care providers.  

Identifies learning requirements and potential learning hurdles. 

Creates and analyzes instructional plans. 
Contributes to the teaching and counseling of families and patients as assigned, using an approved teaching plan or methodology. 
Managing Nursing Care Maintains continuous availability. Assesses the capability of persons 
Delegates and assigns personnel. 
Responsible for delegated and allocated nursing care.
Nursing responsibilities may be delegated to a UAP. 
• Roles and assignments rely on the presence of a registered nurse (RN) and/or licensed individual practitioner (LIP) for guidance and supervision. 
Administering Nursing Administration ServicesAdministers nursing services. 
May serve in an administrative capacity.
May serve in an administrative capacity but CANNOT provide nursing services. 
Accepting Responsibility Nurses are personally liable and accountable for their actions, depending on their education and experience. Each nurse must employ professional and judicious judgment in deciding whether the execution of a specific act falls within the boundaries of practice that a nurse is both certified and clinically qualified to conduct.

KBN guidelines for determination of APRN scope of practice

In Kentucky, advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) is defined under KRS 314.011 (8) as registered nurses who are licensed to perform additional duties. The scope of their practice is based on:

  • Acquiring more information and abilities through a recognized education program that qualifies the nurse for one of the four APRN jobs;
  • Specializing in a certain function, such as a nurse practitioner, anesthetist, midwife, or clinical nurse specialist;
  • Earning certification from a nationally recognized institution or agency that qualifies registered nurses for specialized practice;
  • Obtain certification in a minimum one area of advanced practice population concentration;
  • Performing additional tasks as allowed by the Board and consistent with the national scopes and standards of certifying bodies and organizations.

The legal scope of practice for APRNs includes the authority to prescribe treatments, medications, medical devices, and order diagnostic tests.

Individual licensees can assess whether a specific action or the procedure is within the scope of practice for an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) by taking into account education, registration, personal competence, practice based on evidence, and specific circumstances including the patient and the practice environment:

  1. Determining Scope of Practice: Begin by precisely identifying or articulating the activity, job, or technique under consideration. Consider what you want to do or what is being asked of you, and determine if it is acceptable for you to complete this activity.
  1. Legality and Regulations: Determine if the activity, job, or method is expressly forbidden or authorized by nursing laws, rules, recommendations, or any local, state, or federal legislation.
  1. Consistency with Education and Standards: Ensure that the activity is consistent with your graduate schooling, the current national education accreditation requirements, the existing scope and norms of the field of nursing, the blueprint for the certification examination, the scientific nursing literature, your institution’s rules, and accreditation criteria.
  1. Knowledge, Skills, and Experience: Consider if you have the relevant knowledge, abilities, and experience. Consider if you have previously performed this activity, whether you can defend your conduct if an unfavorable occurrence occurs, whether you can produce evidence demonstrating your competence, and whether you can do the task safely.
  1. Individual Patient Condition: Take into account the specific condition and circumstances of the patient. Assess whether you have the knowledge and training to diagnose and manage their conditions, what clinical competencies are required, how you’ve demonstrated and maintained competence, and whether the action requires independent judgment that ensures patient safety.
  1. Practice Environment and Standard of Care: Consider the standard of care provided by a reasonably prudent practitioner with similar training and experience in your work environment. Does your setting support this scope of practice with adequate staffing, policies, and community standards? Evaluate the necessity for counseling or referral, the possible repercussions of assuming charge of this patient, and whether or not action puts the patient’s safety at risk.
  1. Professional Relationships and Responsibilities: Reflect on your relationship with the patient and how it might influence your ability to provide care. Consider if you are the primary care provider or if care responsibilities will be shared.
  1. Decision Making: Ultimately, decide whether to perform or decline the activity or task, considering all the factors mentioned.
Kentucky Board Of Nursing

Kentucky Nursing Board Licensure Eligibility Requirements

To practice lawfully in Kentucky, nurses must complete several qualifications. Kentucky is a participant of the Nurse Compact. Licensees whose principal home is in Kentucky are issued a multistate license, allowing them to work in other compact states such as Virginia, Missouri, and Tennessee. Some surrounding states are not participants of the agreement, therefore working there requires a separate license.

KY LPN Licensure Eligibility Requirements

LPN applicants must attend a board-approved school. The Kentucky Nursing Board does not accept service-related credentials unless the military-based school provides state-approved nursing training; nonetheless, individuals with military histories are encouraged to inquire about advanced placement chances with individual programs.

Graduates of Kentucky programs should expect their courses to cover specific required principles. Graduates from out-of-state programs must complete them later through continuing education. 

  • HIV/AIDS testing is necessary within six months after licensure. 
  • Domestic abuse training is mandatory within three years. 
  • Pediatric head trauma is also necessary.

KY RN Licensure Eligibility Requirements

The state of Kentucky needs a degree from an authorized registered nursing school certified by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. There are three types of registered nursing programs available:

  1. Associate’s degree (ADN) programs typically take two years to finish and help provide the groundwork for entry-level RN positions. They require half as many hours as a BSN degree;
  2. Bachelor’s degree (BSN) programs typically take four years to finish and offer more thorough instruction to students. These programs focus on advanced nursing concepts and clinical practice.
  3. Accelerated BSN programs are short-term BSN programs designed for those with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing. They usually last two to three semesters.

The Kentucky Board recognizes that state approval and programming accreditation are not the same thing. Attending a program approved by CCNE or NLNAC may be useful for a nurse who wishes to pursue further levels of study in the future; nevertheless, this falls beyond the purview of the licensing commission.

The Kentucky Board also certifies applicants who have graduated from schools licensed by other state boards, including those that provide instruction online.

KY APRN Licensure Eligibility Requirements

The Kentucky Board of Nursing authorizes competent registered nurses to serve as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) through one of the four distinct recognized titles:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Clinical nurse specialists (CNS)

To submit an application for an APRN license, nurses must have current RN licensing in Kentucky or other compact state. Aside from having a current RN license, nurses must finish a post-basic nursing training program that results in a master’s degree or post-master’s certificate from an APRN-accredited college or university.

The Kentucky Board of Nursing additionally calls for all APRNs to get national certification in an appropriate demographic emphasis. To keep your APRN license in the state, you must maintain this certification. The Board-approved national certification organizations retain their own certification requirements, which require nurses to achieve certain educational qualifications and pass a national licensing examination.

Kentucky Board Of Nursing

KY Board of Nursing Application Process

The Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) has implemented the recently released Optimal Regulatory Board System, or “ORBS,” a restricted, cloud-based license management system, starting March 2023. The new online nurse portal will enable applicants, licenses, and certification owners to fill out a variety of applications. These applications may be found on the Kentucky Board of Nursing Nurse Portal Dashboard by selecting Apply for License.

All address and email changes will be made after the Kentucky Board of Nursing login under Manage Profile. Name changes, as well as new forms and services, will be available on the nurse portal’s Other Applications section.

Board of Nursing Kentucky License by Examination

The procedure of applying for licensure via testing is identical for LPNs and RNs.

  • Complete the Application and Submit Fee

Submit your application via the Kentucky Board of Nursing Nurse Portal then pay the $125 application fee.

Initial Exam Applications remain valid for one year; however, if you fail the NCLEX twice within that span, your application will be canceled. If the conditions are not satisfied within one year, the application will be voided meaning that you will have to begin the procedure again.

A provisional license lasts for six months, except the candidate fails the NCLEX exam twice during that time, in which case it is invalidated. In this scenario, the temporary licensee must immediately discontinue practicing in an authorized nursing position.

  • Pass the Jurisprudence Exam (score of 80% or higher)

After completing the application, take the Jurisprudence Examination. The Jurisprudence Exami​​nation cannot be accessible without a current application on file with the KBN.

  • Complete the C​riminal Background Check through IdentoGO®

Complete the Pearson Vue NCLEX Registration and then pay the $200 fee.

  • Verification of Completion of Program of Nursing

If you attend a Kentucky nursing program, the school will file your program completion via an Affidavit of Graduation (AOG).

If you attend an out-of-state nursing program, you have to send a verified transcript to the board. An official transcript is one that is transmitted directly from the nursing program via a clearinghouse. Transcripts can be supplied digitally via a database such as Parchment or by the nursing program via the following email address: [email protected] 

Board of Nursing Kentucky License by Endorsement

If you were previously licensed in another state or U.S. jurisdiction and have not held a Kentucky license, you can apply for licensing by endorsement.​

  • Submit the Application
  • Pay Application Fee of $165.
  • Pass the Jurisprudence Exam
  • Complete the Background Check
  • Request the Verification of Licensure

Ask that the verification of licensing be provided to the Kentucky Board of Nursing by the state in which you successfully completed the NCLEX and got your license through examination. If the state where you live is a member board, please submit your request through Nursys. If your state is not included on NURSYS, you must submit a verification of license form to a different state board and approach that board to establish fees.

  • Submit Your Transcripts, if applicable.

If you completed your education and were licensed in one of the subsequent states, you must ask that your nursing school give KBN a copy of your transcript with your degree and completion date included.

→ California (A provisional permit will not be provided to nurses who finished a nursing program and were first registered in California until the official transcript is received.)

→ Connecticut

→ Hawaii

→ Washington​

  • Submit Proof of Continuing Education, if applicable.
  • Report Criminal Convictions

If you have any past convictions, these must be mentioned on your application. The only exception is traffic offenses other than DUIs.

The licenses may be granted within fourteen working days after receiving and reviewing the required papers. However, if you reply “Yes” to any disciplinary or conviction questions, your application may take up to three months to process.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Initial License & Licensure by Endorsement

If you wish to endorse an APRN license from another state or apply for your first Kentucky APRN license, use your existing Kentucky RN license or multistate, compact RN license.

  • Pay Application Fee of $16​5.
  • Complete the State and Federal C​riminal Background Check through IdentoGO®
  • Report Criminal Convictions if applicable
Kentucky Board Of Nursing

2024 Kentucky Nursing License Renewal

Nurses must take continuing education courses throughout the licensure/renewal cycle, November 1 to October 31 each year. Renewal costs are $65 for RNs and LPNs and $55 for APRNs (per designation). The KBN acknowledges continuing education courses from KBN-approved CE providers.

The KBN accepts professional continuing education courses by providers certified by different state boards of nursing or through one of the national nursing organizations specified in 201 KAR 20:220 Section 2(5)

Any pre-licensure courses in general education or activities meant to give information relevant to the workplace, such as job-related orientation, BLS/CPR, or gear demos, are not eligible for continuing education.

In addition to the usual processes of CE approval, APRNs are permitted to use Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for pharmacology (as long as that the credits are pharmacology-related), if the educational institution offering the course is acknowledged by their national certifying entity (e.g., AANP, ANCC, etc…).

Kentucky Board of Nursing Continuing Education Audit

Each year, the KBN randomly chooses nurses to undergo the Continuing Education (CE) audit, which begins on February 1 and covers their most recent renewal/earning period. The process of assessing applications and collecting remaining items will continue through the last week of May. In June, if a nurse fails to finish the audit procedure and is non-compliant with CE regulations, they are sent to the Investigative Branch for legal compliance examination.

CE Broker is the Kentucky Board of Nursing’s official CE monitoring system, and each nurse gets a Free Basic Account to digitally record, upload, and track their educational hours and documentation.

Those chosen for an audit get an email from CE Broker requesting that they report and provide documentation to demonstrate accomplishment of their continuing education obligations. As things are submitted, the paperwork is checked to ensure that they comply with KBN regulations. If approved, the audit is completed. If additional data or documentation is required, an additional email is issued asking these details.

Violation of Nursing CE Requirements

During the 2021 audit, 78% of the nurses chosen were deemed to be in compliance with CE criteria, while 72% of those chosen for the 2022 audit passed. The 2022 CE Audit violations rate was 6% more than in 2021, with twice as many nurses failing to answer.

Kentucky Board of Nursing license renewal non-compliance with regulatory CE standards includes the following:

  • Individuals who fail to fulfill their continuing education obligations or cannot show documentation of completion are in defiance of nursing legislation.

These nurses have to finish the necessary steps immediately and submit paperwork along with a letter explaining why the number of hours weren’t carried out during the earning period. If the evidence is approved, the KBN will send out a decree of consent for a non-willful violation, which the nurse must sign, notarize, and deliver to the KBN along with a civil penalty. Once received, the case is closed.

  • Persons who do not reply to the CE Audit notification are referred for further investigation.
  • Individuals who fail to submit extra information and documents when asked are non-compliant and in breach of regulatory obligations.
  • Individuals that did not produce documentation of CE accomplishment for the audit at hand and had previously been non-compliant, failed to submit a consent decree, or failed to pay the civil fine are included in the miscellaneous tables below.

KY State Board Of Nursing Continuing Education (CEU)

According to Kentucky Administrative Regulation 201 KAR 20:215, the validation of CE must contain one of the following:

  1. Proof of 14 approved contact hours

Completion certificates must include the nurse’s name, program title, date of completion, contact hours granted, provider information, and who is allowed to deliver nursing CE.

  1. Proof of completing seven permitted contact hours and a nurse employment review that is satisfactory for ongoing employment. 

Nurses must submit completion certificates and a signed Continuing Education Nursing Employment Evaluation Form​ from their supervisor. The form should include the employer’s name, address, and phone number, indicating satisfactory employment for at least six months.

  1. Current national certification or recertification relating to the nurse’s practice position that is valid for the full term, or that was gained or renewed during that time.
  1. Completion of a post-licensure academic program at an accredited college, university, or postgraduate vocational school. 

Must be related to nursing practice. A semester or trimester hour of academic credit equals 15 contact hours, whereas a quarter hour of academic credit equals 12 contact hours. Transcripts are necessary.

  1. Participation as a preceptor for at least one student or new employee. 

Must be at least 120 hours long and have one-on-one contact with a student or employee over the earning time.

  1. Publication of an article in a peer-reviewed, health related journal. 

A copy of the article is required.

  1. Nursing continuing education presentations prepared and developed by the nurse presenter and delivered to nurses or other health professionals is supported by a program booklet, course syllabi, or a letter from the providing provider confirming the licensee as the presenter. 

The amount of contact hours obtained equals double the amount of contact hours provided to presentation attendees.

  1. Complete a nursing research project as primary investigator, co-investigator, or project director. 

Must be qualitative or quantitative in character; use research techniques to gain knowledge, resulting in improved results or behavioral changes. The submission has to incorporate a project summary.

An APRN’s certification meets the fourteen contact hours needed for RN license renewal as long as it was achieved during the licensure time, has been in force during the licensure term, or was renewed throughout the licensure period. If the above steps are completed, APRNs are not required to complete 14 contact hours of continuing education to renew their RN licensure.

All APRNs are required to complete at least five contact hours of approved pharmacology CE every licensure/earning cycle. CE certificates should show the particular pharmacological contact hours granted. To be classified as pharmacology, material must include drug-specific information, safe prescription practices, safe medication administration, prescribing methodology, new regulations, or related subjects.

Nurses who have been licensed for more than 5 years but have not practiced as nurses for 500 hours in the last 5 years must submit 120 hours of continuing education. These must be acquired within one year of the application date. (This is not applicable to fresh grads.)

In addition, within three years of acquiring a Kentucky license, the following four CEs are required:

Kentucky Board Of Nursing

Nursing Board KY Complaints & Disciplinary Actions

Annual Report Data from the Investigative Branch in FY2022-23, reveals:

  • There were no licenses permanently or temporarily revoked.
  • 31 registered nurses and 11 registered practical nurses received immediate interim suspensions.
  • Licenses have been suspended for failing to comply with instructions or suspended/stayed, resulting in limitation/probation for 28 registered nurses and 27 registered practical nurses.
  • License reinstatement was refused for 22 registered nurses and 18 registered practical nurses, including those suspended for failing to comply with directives.
  • 82 registered nurses and 26 registered practical nurses had their licenses suspended.
  • APRN licenses were penalized in 30 cases.

During the fiscal year 2022-2023, KBN received 1,671 new complaints, reinstatement petitions, and voluntary license surrender requests. Of the 1,671 cases, 496 involved licensees or applicants who had previously been convicted or disciplined in another state. During fiscal year 2022-2023, 1,409 cases were settled, including those that were unfounded and went unaddressed, as well as 15 instances handled by admission to the KARE Program.

Actions that can be taken against a license

Reprimand: Reprimands are disciplinary actions, however they may not impair the licensee’s ability to practice. They often levy a civil penalty and mandate extra ongoing education.

The Board may impose civil penalties totaling up to $10,000.

Limitation/Probation: In other circumstances, the right to practice is restricted or suspended. The licensee will continue to practice under KBN-determined conditions. Licensees may face restrictions such as limited practice areas, monitoring, and access to drugs or prescription. Probation may involve meetings with KBN officials, random drug/alcohol screenings, substance abuse treatment, and employer reports.

Voluntary Surrender: A licensee can resign their license temporarily, but it can be regained if specific requirements are satisfied, unless they sign a permanent voluntary surrender.

Suspension: The licensed nurse loses their ability to practice nursing for a set period of time. The Board’s ruling may require certain criteria for license reinstatement, such as a substance use problem, mental health, cognitive, and/or physical examination, counseling reports, random drug/alcohol screenings, and letters of reference.

Revocation: The licensee loses the right to work in the state of Kentucky. Licensees can reapply for a license following the time frame provided in the Board’s Order, unless their license is permanently revoked. Nurses must retake and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

Failure to adhere with license requirements may result in suspension or denial of reinstatement. If the Board and licensee cannot resolve the complaints, a hearing may be initiated.

Kentucky State Nursing Board License Verification & Lookup

All KBN licenses, credentials, and certificates will now be accessible for verification via the Kentucky Board of Nursing License Verification Portal.

The Kentucky Board of Nursing license lookup for original licensure is $50. This service verifies both the legitimacy and authenticity of a person’s original license. Certificates for nursing and other disciplines cost $30. These certificates serve as certified proof of a professional’s qualifications in a certain subject.

Verification of licensure, registration, or certification status is provided at two rates:

  • The first individual pays $10, with an extra $1 for each additional individual specified. This service checks the status of an individual’s licensing, registration, or credentials.
  • Alternatively, the first participant is charged a fixed rate of $50, with an additional $20 for each successive individual. This option is appropriate for checking the status of numerous people at once.

The Kentucky Board of Nursing has deployed the Optimal Regulatory Board System, or “ORBS,” a cloud-based licensing management system, as of March 20, 2023. All KBN licenses, qualifications, and certificates may now be verified via Board of Nursing License Verification Portal.

The following specializations can be validated by the Kentucky Board of Nursing via the online verification portal:

  • ​APRN license
  • LPN license
  • RN license or provisional license (PL)
  • Temporary employment permit.
  • SANE and DT Credentials
  • DTA Credential
  • Licensed Certified Professional Midwives’ (LCPM) license
  • SRNA Certification

Nursys National Licensure and Disciplinary Database

Kentucky licensing notifications and reporting are available through Nursys, a main source equivalent provided by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Nursys e-Notify notifies institutions when your hired APRNs, RNs, or LPNs face public sanctions or warnings from their regulatory jurisdiction(s), or when their licenses expire.

  • Licensure verification, discipline, and practicing privileges for registered nurses and LPN/VNs licensed by participating boards of nursing.
  • Online verification of endorsement for practicing in another state.
  • Employers and members of the public can access nurse licensing lookup reports.
  • Validate KARE contracts or disciplinary proceedings on file.
  • Request verification when submitting to a new state.

Simply indicate the license type (RN and/or LPN/VN) and state you want to apply to. Nursys will transmit all verifications from all of the participating states wherever you hold a record of licensing in one simple step to that board of nursing.

​Board of Nursing License Verification Portal

The Board of Nursing License Verification Portal allows to validate Kentucky licensure and prescriptive authority. This site provides real-time updates. To perform a more precise search, choose “Search by License Number” or “Search by NCSBN ID” above. Partial name searches are OK. Once your search returns results, click View Report next to the person you’re looking for. This will provide complete information on the license, certificate, or certification.

Kentucky Board of Nursing Useful Online Resources

FAQs about the Kentucky Board of Nursing

  • What is the Kentucky board of nursing?
    The Kentucky Board of Nursing is a governing body that supervises nursing practice and education in Kentucky. Its responsibilities include licensing nurses and nursing assistants, establishing nursing practice standards, regulating nursing education programs, and enforcing the Nursing Practice Act against licensees who violate it.
  • How to check my CMT license in Kentucky?
    To verify your Certified Medication Technician (CMT) status in Kentucky, go to the Kentucky Board of Nursing’s official site and use the online verification method. This system enables you to look up your license by entering your name or registration number. It gives up-to-date information on your license’s status, as well as any penalties or endorsements.
  • How to renew a CNA license in KY?
    To renew a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license in Kentucky, visit the Kentucky Board of Nursing website. The procedure usually entails connecting into your account on the Board’s license system, validating your professional and personal data, completing any necessary continuing education (CE), and submitting the renewal cost. To prevent operating with an expired license, ensure that you renew it before it expires.
  • What are the CE requirements for license renewal in Kentucky?
    The continuing education (CE) needed for renewing your license in Kentucky vary according to the kind of nursing license you hold. Registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) must complete 14 hours of continuing education (CE) each year to renew their licenses. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) must earn additional continuing education credits pertaining to their specialist area. It is critical to check the Kentucky Board of Nursing’s website for the most recent CE requirements for your license type, since these might change.
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