Practice Opinion Summaries

When multiple inquiries are received on the same practice matter, the Board publishes an Advisory Opinion Statement for wide dissemination. Go to Index of Current KBN Advisory Opinion Statements to view the list of published statements.

In addition, KBN has addressed many individual practice-related inquiries and issued advisory opinion responses to these individual requests. A summary of these opinions (listed by fiscal year) is provided below. Should you have a practice-related question that is not addressed in a published advisory opinion, send a request via the Practice Contact Form.


Fiscal Year July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

KBN Advisory Opinions on Nursing Practice Issues 2016-2017 Summary Report [PDF Format 76KB]

New Practice Opinions

  1. Roles of Nurses and Technicians in Dialysis -- Revised 10/2016
  2. Cardiopulmonary/Respiratory Nursing Practice -- Revised 10/2016
  3. Roles of Nurses in the Administration of Medication Per Intraspinal Routes -- Editorial Revision 11/2016
  4. Roles of Nurses in the Care of Prenatal and Intrapartum Patients -- Editorial Revision 11/2016
  5. Roles of Nurses in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice -- Revision 02/2017
  6. Removal of Arterial and Venous Access Devices (Sheaths) and Use of Mechanical Compression Devices By Nurses -- Editorial Revision 02/2017
  7. 201 KAR 20:056 - Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Licensure and Certification Requirements -- Revised 02/2017
  8. 201 KAR 20:057 - Scope and Standards of Practice of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses -- Revised 02/2017


Fiscal Year July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

KBN Advisory Opinions on Nursing Practice Issues 2015-2016 Summary Report [PDF Format - 308KB]

New Practice Opinions

  1. Licensure Requirements for Nurses Providing Care Through Telehealth Routes -- 10/2015
  2. Scope of Registered Nursing Practice in the Determination of False Labor -- Reaffirmation of 2006 Opinion -- 10/2015
  3. Scope of Registered Nursing Practice in the Performance of EMTALA Examinations -- Rescind 2009 Opinion -- 10/2015
  4. Revision "Defining Same or Similar Specialty for the APRN Choosing a Collaborating Physician" -- 10/2015
  5. APRN Scope of Practice in the Utilization of Fluoroscopy for the Performance of Fluoroscopic-Guided Procedures – 10/2015
  6. Scope of Registered Nursing Practice in the Performance of EMTALA Medical Screening Examinations -- 12/2015
  7. Scope of Nursing Practice in the Recommendation and Administration of Over the Counter (OTC) Medications – 4/2016
  8. Scope of Registered Nursing Practice in the Performance of Therapeutic Phlebotomy -- Rescind 2003 Opinion -- 6/2016
  9. Scope of Practice in the Use of Acupuncture by APRNs -- 6/2016
  10. Scope of Practice in the Use of Dry Needling by APRNs -- 6/2016

Fiscal Year July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

KBN Advisory Opinions on Nursing Practice Issues 2014-2015 Summary Report [PDF Format - 332KB]

New Practice Opinions

  1. RN Scope of Practice in the Performance of Gastric Band Adjustments
  2. LPN Scope of Practice in the Performance of Gastric Band Adjustments
  3. LPN Scope of Practice in the Performance of Dynamic Endocrine Testing
  4. RN Scope of Practice in the Pronouncement of Death
  5. APRN Scope of Practice in the Placement of Deep Central Lines

Fiscal Year July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

KBN Advisory Opinions on Nursing Practice Issues Summary Report FY 2013-2014 [PDF Format - 296KB]

New Practice Opinions

  1. APRN Scope of Practice in the Insertion of Central Lines - Rescinded 4/2015
  2. APRN Scope of Practice in the Performance of Infant Male Circumcision
  3. APRN Scope of Practice in the Performance of Interlaminar Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections and the Performance of Transforaminal Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections for Pain Management
  4. RN Scope of Practice in the Insertion of External Jugular Peripheral IV Catheters

Fiscal Year July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013

KBN Advisory Opinions on Nursing Practice Issues 2012-2013 Summary Report  [PDF Format - 36KB]

New Practice Opinions

  1. RN/LPN Scope of Practice in Dispensing Medications in a Correctional Facility

Fiscal Year July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012

New Practice Opinions

KBN Advisory Opinions on Nursing Practice Issues 2011-2012 Summary Report [PDF Format - 488KB]

  1. RN Scope of Practice in Applying a Magnet to Temporarily Disable an Automatic Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillator (AICD)

Fiscal Year July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011

New Practice Opinions

KBN Advisory Opinions on Nursing Practice 2010-2011 Summary Report [PDF Format - 500KB]

  1. LPN Scope of Practice in Advanced Life Support
  2. LPN Scope of Practice Administration of Local Anesthesia in a Dental Setting
  3. APRN Scope of Practice -- Sample Medications
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