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FAQ: Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry (KNAR)

Q: What is a state registered nurse aide?
A:
A SRNA is any person who, for compensation, provides nursing care or health-related services to residents or clients of an employer.  A SRNA is not a licensed health care professional.  Instead, the aide has completed an approved training and competency examination program and is listed on the Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry.
 
Q: What must I do to become a state registered nurse aide in Kentucky?
A:
You must complete a state approved nurse aide training program and the competency evaluation. The competency evaluation consists of a written exam and a clinical skills exam.  Upon successful completion of the competency evaluation, you will be be issued a copy of your test scores.  SRNA cards are no longer issued.)  Test results are usually available within 30 days of taking the examination.  Test scores will NOT be given out over the phone.  If less than 30 days have passed since your test date, do not contact KCTCS.  If more than 30 days have passed, please call 1-877-528-2748.
Note: For a complete list of approved training providers, please contact Vicki Barber at Kentucky Health Choices at (502) 564-6890.
 
A Testing Procedures and Study Guide [PDF Format - 291 KB] is available from KCTCS. External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
This document contains a complete list of KCTCS nurse aide testing and training coordinators on pages 4-5.  KCTCS is the sole provider of nurse aide testing.
 
Q:  How do I maintain/renew an active status on the KNAR?
A:  You must provide proof of employment that you performed nursing or nursing related functions for at least eight (8) hours for pay as a nurse aide during the past twenty-four (24) months.
  • Proof of employment may be a copy of a pay stub, a w-2 form, or a letter from an employer.  The name of the facility must be imprinted on the proof of employment.
  • Renewal notifications are mailed two (2) months prior to the expiration date of active status to the address listed in the KNAR database.
Q:  How do I change my address or name?
A:  To change your address/name, complete:
Q: How long is an active nurse aide registration valid?
A:
SRNA active status is good for two years and must be renewed.  The date you passed your nurse aide training examination is the date used for renewal of your active status. 
 
Q: Can I keep my registration active by working in a hospital or by working private duty?
A:
Yes.  You can keep your registration in an active status if:
  • You were employed in a hospital for at least 8 hours for pay in a nursing related capacity during a two-year period and produce satisfactory evidence of having worked for pay.  Proof of employment can be a paycheck stub, W-2 form, or a letter from your employer on official letterhead stationery.
  • You worked private duty, and obtained a notarized letter from your employer or a member of the patient's family, stating the time period you worked, the duties that you performed, and provide proof that you were paid for your services.
Q: Does Kentucky recognize the registration as a nurse aide that I obtained from another state?
A:
Yes.  If you are currently listed as active and in good standing on another state’s registry, you may apply for reciprocity to the KNAR as long as you have active status on that state's registry.  You must submit:
  • Full Name (First, Middle, Last)
  • Telephone Number
  • Mailing Address
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • State Transferring From
  • Certification/Registration Number
  • Copies of your social security card, driver's license and state nurse aide certification
Q: Where can I get state registered nurse aide training and testing?
A:
For a complete list of approved training providers in Kentucky, contact Vicki Barber at Kentucky Health Choices at 502-564-6890.
 
A Testing Procedures and Study Guide is available from KCTCS. External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
This document contains a complete list of KCTCS nurse aide testing and training coordinators on pages 4-5.  KCTCS is the sole provider of nurse aide testing.
 
Q: My registration has expired, may I renew it?
A:
No. However, you may reinstate your registry status if you can provide evidence that you were employed in a nursing-related capacity for at least 8 paid prior to expiration date. If you cannot show such proof of employment, contact KCTCS to retake the nurse aide classes and competency test.
 
Q: What if my registration has lapsed for more than two (2) years?
A: You must provide proof of working eight (8) paid hours for every two years the registration has been lapsed.
 
Q: Do state registered nurse aides have to receive in-service education?
A:
Yes.  Each nursing facility is required by state regulation to provide a minimum of 12 hours of in-service education annually, per date of employment, for each SRNA employee. SRNAs should be accountable for tracking their 12 hours of in-service.  However, it is the responsibility of the nursing facility to be in compliance with the regulation.  More information can be found on page 23 of the Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) Manual, Reg. 907 KAR 1:450, from the Department of Medicaid Services.
 
Q: Where can a state registered nurse aide obtain a copy of his or her registration? 
A:
KNAR does NOT issue copies of the registration.  KNAR will send a letter verifying that a person is listed as a SRNA on the registry.
 
Q: Where can a state registered nurse aide obtain a copy of his or her competency evaluation and test scores?
A:
Contact KCTCS at 1-877-528-2748 or fax the request to 1-866-494-7307.
 
Q: What happens when a state registered nurse aide is accused of abusing or neglecting a resident or misusing the property of a resident of a nursing home? 
A:
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigates all allegations of abuse, neglect or misappropriation of property. Contact OIG at (502) 564-7963.
 
Q: How do I contact KNAR?
A:  Click here for information on KNAR Staff, mailing address, and fax numbers.  
 
 

 

 

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