The Compliance Section of the Consumer Protection Branch monitors nurses that are being monitored through a Board order or are participating in the Kentucky Alternative Recovery Effort (KARE) for Nurses Program.
Individuals who are being monitored are required to comply with all provisions of their Board order or agreement. Failure to comply with these provisions may result in a suspended license or being denied reinstatement of the license.
Once the terms and conditions of the Board order or agreement has been successfully completed, the license is restored without restrictions.
||KARE for Nurses Program
The KARE for Nurses Program was developed, implemented and is supported by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. The purpose of the KARE for Nurses Program is to protect and safeguard the health of the citizens of the Commonwealth by identifying, assisting and monitoring nurses whose abilities to provide nursing care are compromised by a substance use disorder so that they may eventually return to competent and safe nursing practice.
The program recognizes that nurses are individuals who have dedicated their lives to helping others and are now in need of help. The foundation of the KARE for Nurses Program is that substance abuse is treatable and that the recovery and return of competent nursing practice is in the best interest of the nurse and public health.
The KARE for Nurses Program believes that a nurse should not lose a job or license due to substance abuse and offers an opportunity for encouragement, treatment and recovery. The program is administered with compassion, concern and dignity for the nurse.
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||Board Ordered Monitoring
The Kentucky Board of Nursing has taken disciplinary action and will monitor the nurse for assurance of safe nursing practice.
A license can be placed on monitoring for the following violations:
- Drug/alcohol abuse
- Diverting narcotics from facilities or patients
- Positive drug screen(s)
- Practice concerns
- Patient abandoment or neglect
- Medication or documentation errors
- Practicing outside of the scope of the license
- Falsification of records
- Unlawful delegation
- Unprofessional behavior
- License disciplined by another nursing board
- Criminal convictions