The Kentucky Board of Nursing is an agency of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, governed by the Nurse Practice Act. The Board is a separate and distinct entity from any professional association.

Our job is to protect public health and welfare by developing and enforcing state laws governing the safe practice of nursing.

The Board is self-supporting through fees assessed for professional licensure. The agency receives no general fund tax appropriation.


July 15, 2014

ALL APRNs will be notified on July 16 by email (if you have provided your email address), or via US mail, with the details of how to request to discontinue a Collaborative Agreement for Prescribing Authority for Non-Scheduled drugs (CAPA-NS) after having a CAPA-NS in place for four (4) years. You must complete a Notification to Discontinue the CAPA-NS after Four Years form.

For those APRNs who wish to continue their CAPA-NS you must complete a Notification of a Collaborative Agreement for the APRN’s Prescriptive Authority for Nonscheduled Legend Drugs (CAPA-NS) form.

Please click on the links in the message you will receive to print down the appropriate form, complete the form and return to the Kentucky Board of Nursing via email, fax, or mail.


Announcing: KBN's Centennial

This year is the Kentucky Board of Nursing's Centennial Anniversary.

Governor's KBN Centennial Year Proclamation [PDF Format - 501KB]

Commemorative Centennial Lapel Pins are available for $5.00 each, and may be ordered from the KBN Office. To view the pin, click here [PDF Format - 2.5MB]

To order the pin, please print and complete this [PDF Format - 20KB] order form, then submit it by mail along with payment.




For directions to the Kentucky Board of Nursing's physical location, please click here.

Apply for Licensure Online

NOTE: Application is best viewed using Internet Explorer or Firefox.
  • by Examination (initial licensure),
  • by Reinstatement, or
  • by Endorsement (licensure from another state board)
For more information, see Apply for a License.
It is not the practice of KBN to release NCLEX results to another board of nursing.

License/Application Lookup

For more information, see Apply for a License.
PRIMARY SOURCE VERIFICATION: The KBN website is considered primary source verification and is actually the preferred method of licensure validation. Both JCAHO and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of the Inspector General, consider verification through the website as evidence of licensure. 
KBN does primary source verification of an initial applicant's nursing education.  See 201 KAR 20:056201 KAR 20:070 and 201 KAR 20:110

Nursing Leadership Programs

For information on Nursing Leadership Programs, please click here.


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Next Scheduled Board Meeting

The next scheduled Board meeting will be:      

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. (EST)

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KBN Connection Spring Issue Now Available

NEW Insulin Training Manual & PowerPoint Presentation

Video: The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Explained

CE REQUIREMENT: Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (“Shaken Baby Syndrome”)

Background Check Now Required for Licensure Reinstatement

Instructions: How to Request a Background Check Via the AOC's Online System [PDF Format - 189 KB]


...Archived News

Kentucky Board of Nursing Operating Information


Kentucky Board of Nursing
312 Whittington Pky
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222
Phone: 502-429-3300
or 1-800-305-2042

Fax:  502-429-3311

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

KBN Office Closed:  

(Labor Day)

(Veteran’s Day)

11/27/14 - 11/28/14

Please be advised that the Board office may be closed on occasions of severe weather and may be unable to provide specific notice of the closing. All online activities are available unless otherwise noted.