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Practice Issues

Information is provided here regarding a variety of practice issues, including:

  • Complaints Against Nurses Process
  • Prevention of Transmission of HIV/HBV by Nurses
  • Responsibility and Accountability of Nurses in the Delegation of Nursing Acts to Unlicensed Persons


Please click here for more information relating to the Administration of Insulin in a School Setting.

Scope of Practice Determination Guidelines

When the performance of a specific act is not definitively addressed in the Kentucky Nursing Laws or in an advisory opinion of the Board, the nurse must exercise professional judgment in determining whether the performance of the act is within the scope of practice for which the nurse is licensed.  KBN has developed Scope of Practice Determination Guidelines [PDF Format - 89KB] in order to assist nurses in determining whether a selected function is within a nurse’s scope of practice now or in the future.  The guidelines include a decision tree chart.

Nurses may delegate some nursing acts to unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP).  There are often questions on the appropriateness of delegating a nursing act.  To assist nurses with deciding if an act should be delegated, the Kentucky Board of Nursing adopted a Decision Tree for Delegation to Unlicensed Assistive Personnel [PDF Format - 53KB].

Practice Brochure

Assuring Safe Nursing Care in Kentucky [PDF Format - 215KB]

LPN Scope of Practice Brochure  [PDF Format - 824KB]


See Also...
  Practice Opinion Summaries
List of practice opinions issued (summaries by fiscal year).

Advisory Opinion Statements
Includes a summary of opinions from 1983 to 2012.

Complaints Against Nurses Process
Information about filing a complaint against a nurse or applicant.

Prevention of Transmission of HIV & HBV by Nurses
Legal requirements.

Delegation of Nursing Acts
Responsibility and accountability of delegating nursing acts to unlicensed personnel.

Practice Committee

Contact Us...
Practice Contact

For practice-related issues, contact Lahoma Prather, Nursing Practice Consultant, at 502-429-3307 or toll-free at 1-800-305-2042, ext 3307.


Last Updated 6/30/2014
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