Reinstatement Continuing Competency Requirements

Nursing practice, in Kentucky, is defined as "the performance of acts requiring substantial specialized knowledge, judgment, and nursing skill based upon the principles of psychological, biological, physical, and social sciences in the application of the nursing process...."  Generally, if your job requires a nursing license, the definition of nursing practice is satisfied.


Requirements

  • All continuing education credits (CE) must be earned from a KBN-approved provider [PDF Format - 91KB].
  • Forms may be faxed to 502 429-3336 (Louisville exchange)
  • Validate when your license lapsed and determine the number of CE needed from the grid below.

 

If Your Reinstatement Application is Received at KBN: Submit Proof of ONE of the Following:

Within 12 months of the date your license lapsed

  • 14 CE, earned within the past 1 year
    OR
  • A satisfactory nursing employment evaluation given within the past 1 year and 7 CE, earned within the past year
    OR
  • Verification of at least 500 hours of NON-Kentucky nursing employment within the past 5 years [PDF Format - 94KB]
    OR
  • Any of the continued competency validation methods listed in 201 KAR 20:215, Section 2
12 months and one day to 2 years from the date your license lapsed
  • 28 CE, (at least 14 earned within past 1 year)
    OR
  • Verification of at least 500 hours of NON-Kentucky nursing employment within the past 5 years [PDF Format - 94KB].  
2 years and one day to 3 years from the date your license lapsed
  • 42 CE, (at least 14 earned within past 1 year)
    OR
  • Verification of at least 500 hours of NON-Kentucky nursing employment within the past 5 years [PDF Format - 94KB].  
3 years and one day to 4 years from the date your license lapsed
  • 56 CE, (at least 14 earned within past 1 year)
    OR
  • Verification of at least 500 hours of NON-Kentucky nursing employment within the past 5 years [PDF Format - 94KB].  
4 years and one day to 5 years from the date your license lapsed
  • 70 CE, (at least 14 earned within past 1 year)
    OR
  • Verification of at least 500 hours of NON-Kentucky nursing employment within the past 5 years [PDF Format - 94KB].  

More than 5 years   from the date your license lapsed

  • 120 CE, (ALL earned within one year of the date the application is received at KBN)
    OR
  • Verification of at least 500 hours of NON-Kentucky nursing employment within the past 5 years [PDF Format - 94KB].     
    OR
  • Completion of a KBN-approved refresher course [PDF Format - 5KB] (completed within 2 years of the date the application is received at KBN)

 

For questions contact the Reinstatement Coordinator. 



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