CE/Competency

 

CE REQUIREMENT: Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (“Shaken Baby Syndrome”): More Information
Graduates of a Kentucky Program of Nursing on or after December 2011 had this course included in their college curriculum.
 

The purpose of mandatory continuing education (CE)/competency, as cited in the Kentucky Nursing Laws (KRS 314), is to require evidence of the nurse’s efforts to maintain and update nursing knowledge and skills needed to make competent judgments and decisions in nursing practice, nursing administration, nursing education, and/or nursing research.

For specific APRN and SANE credentialed nursing continuing education requirements, please refer to Content Specific CE Courses.


List of CE Providers

Click on the link below to access a list of KBN approved CE providers.

See CE Forms and Publications for additional information.


CE No Longer Accepted from MEDCEU

The Internet site called "medceu.com" is not an approved American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) provider nor is it an approved Kentucky CE provider. KBN no longer accepts CE from this source (effective 2/2003). Contact www.nursingworld.org/ancc for additional information about medceu. For information about CE that you have completed through medceu, use the CE Contact Form.


Licensure Renewal Requirements

The CE earning period for the 2014 renewal period is November 1, 2013 through October 31, 2014.  According to 201 KAR 20:215, validation of CE/competency must include one of the following:

  1. Proof of earning 14 approved contact hours, OR

  2. A national certification or recertification related to the nurse's practice role (in effect during the entire period or initially earned during the period),  OR

  3. Completion of a nursing research project as principal investigator, coinvestigator, or project director.  Must be qualitative or quantitative in nature, utilize research methodology, and include a summary of the findings; OR

  4. Publication of a nursing related article; OR

  5. A professional nursing education presentation that is developed by the presenter, presented to nurses or other health professionals, and evidenced by a program brochure, course syllabi, or a letter from the offering provider identifying the licensee’s participation as the presenter of the offering; OR

  6. Participation as a preceptor for at least one nursing student or new employee undergoing orientation (must be for at least 120 hours, have a one-to-one relationship with student or employee, may precept more than one student during the 120 hours, and preceptorship shall be evidenced by written documentation from the educational institution or preceptor’s supervisor); OR

  7. Proof of earning 7 approved contact hours, PLUS a nursing employment evaluation that is satisfactory for continued employment (must be signed by supervisor with the name, address, and phone number of the employer included), and cover at least 6 months of the earning period.

  8. Certain college courses may be used to meet the CE requirements.  Nursing courses, designated by a nursing course number, and courses in physical and social sciences such as Psychology, Biology, and Sociology will count toward CE hours. 

    Note:  One semester credit hour equals 15 contact hours; one quarter hour equals 12 contact hours.


Mandatory CE Courses Required for Licensure Renewal

Click on the link below to access a list of Mandatory CE courses required for licensure renewal.

See CE Forms and Publications for additional information.


APRNs Must Earn Pharmacology CE

APRNs are required to earn five contact hours of pharmacology education each licensure period. APRNs with a CAPA-CS are required to earn 1.5 approved CE contact hours on the use of KASPER, pain management, or addiction disorders. Please view this page for a free training opportunity regarding House Bill 1 provided by CECentral. These hours may count as part of the required pharmacology hours.

Effective March 14, 2008, 201 KAR 20:220 was amended to reflect that pharmacology CE hours earned from a provider that is recognized by one of these National Nursing Organizations will be acceptable to meet the APRN pharmacology requirement of 201 KAR 20:215.


Sane Must Earn Sexual Assault CE

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) credentialed nurses are required to earn five contact hours of approved sexual assault CE each licensure period (forensic medicine or domestic violence CE will meet this requirement).

See Also...

Content Specific CE Courses
CE requirements and providers related to Domestic Violence, HIV/AIDS, IV Therapy, Pharmacology, and SANE.

CE Forms & Publications
CE application forms, Summary of CE Requirements, and list of approved CE providers.

Types of CE Courses
Includes refresher courses, Internet courses, and college credit courses.

FAQ: Continuing Competency
Frequently asked CE questions.

National Nursing Organizations
List of national nursing organizations recognized by KBN for approval of CE offerings.

Guidelines for CE Providers
The guidelines provide information about KBN’s standards, criteria, policies, guidelines, nursing law, and regulations for mandatory CE/competency for nurses in Kentucky. Each section of the document contains standards to be met, forms, and copies of relevant Kentucky administrative regulations.

CE Contact
Use this link if you have a CE question.