Kentucky Board of Nursing ​


As the Commonwealth of Kentucky continues to undertake extraordinary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the direction of Governor Beshear, the Kentucky Board of Nursing will cease providing in-person government services to the public or accept walk-in requests effective 5:00 pm March 17, 2020. Services will be provided by mail, fax, email, videoconferencing, internet-based methods or telephone. Board of Nursing staff is currently subject to a substantial reduction of on-site personnel with many employees telecommuting. Unfortunately, this circumstance is likely to result in delays in processing applications and other core functions, agency-wide but is a necessary precaution to prevent spread of COVID-19 to the public and Board staff.

Beginning March 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. the KBN will no longer accept in-person walk-ins. All materials that need to be submitted to the KBN should be emailed, scanned/emailed, faxed, or mailed.

  • Phone: 502-429-3300 (Follow the prompts for needed services)
  • FAX: 502-429-3311
  • Mailing Address: Kentucky Board of Nursing, 312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 300, Louisville, Kentucky 40222.

The chart below identifies appropriate staff to contact via email, according to the issue of concern. Please realize that while all responses will be addressed to as soon as possible, some responses may be delayed. Updates will be communicated through the KBN website www.kbn.ky.gov



Email (Preferred)


Licensure Issues
Jodi Velazquez
Sarah Wimsatt
Amanda Padgett
All Payments (fines, name change, etc.)
Briana Howard
Rita Poynter
Briana Howard
CE/Audit Michelle Gary MichelleA.Gary@ky.gov 502-429-3311
Legal Matters/Legal Services Morgan Ransdell Morgan.Ransdell@ky.gov 502-429-3353
Compliance Monitoring Patricia Smith PatriciaY.Smith@ky.gov 502-429-1245
KBN Website Issues Information Management Team KBN.Webmaster@ky.gov 502-429-3311

While the Board and staff regret the inconvenience resulting from these current and unprecedented circumstances, be assured that staff members who are available, will continue to work diligently to carry out the KBN mission and will address individual cases as soon as possible.

Note to Employers: Please continue to use KBN Online Validation and www.Nursys.com for nurse license verification.

Please visit www.KYCOVID19.KY.GOV for more information on Kentucky’s efforts to combat this international situation. Citizens can also contact the Commonwealth of Kentucky COVID-19 hotline at (800) 722-5725.

Thank you for your patience with us and with each other.


During the duration of the current state of emergency related to COVID-19, the Good Samaritan Act of 2007, KRS 39A.350-366, and KRS 314.101(1)(a) authorize the KBN to create a registry and authorize practice in the Commonwealth of nurses and board certified dialysis technicians who are not otherwise licensed to practice in Kentucky and who do not hold multistate practice privileges under the Nurse Licensure Compact but who are currently licensed and in good standing in another state. The Kentucky Registration for Emergency System for Advanced Registration of Volunteer Health Practitioners is applicable to both paid and unpaid positions. More information can be obtained here.

Kentucky Registration for Emergency System for Advanced Registration of Volunteer Health Practitioners Purpose of Service for Intended Practice: COVID‐19 Application

KARE/Disciplinary Monitoring Participants

For individuals who are currently being monitored by Compliance Branch staff (which includes the KARE for Nurses Program, those in Board ordered monitoring through an Agreed Order or Decision, and those working toward the reinstatement of licensure) you must continue to maintain compliance with all aspects of monitoring. The Guidance Letter is being offered by Board staff to assist you with the various aspects of monitoring. Guidance Letter here


Telehealth Resources Telehealth Resources

Prescribing During State of Emergency Emergency Refill Memo

Guidance for Elective Procedures Elective Procedure Directive


    The Kentucky Board of Nursing has received multiple inquiries from our programs of nursing related to classes and clinical in relation to the spread of the Coronavirus across the U.S. Please see the Guidance Document provided here.


    The Kentucky Board of Nursing has received many calls and emails with concerns about nurses’ safety in providing care for patients with suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19 and the actual and projected shortage of PPE provided in facilities across the Commonwealth. Many nurses have expressed concerns regarding what to do if they feel they are putting themselves and their families at risk or are not provided enough resources to protect themselves. The CDC has established guidelines to identify individuals who are “at-risk” for contracting COVID-19, the proper use of PPE and guidelines for alternative plans with limited PPE supplies, and measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  After reviewing CDC guidelines and Kentucky Nursing Laws, the Kentucky Board of Nursing has worked to create a FAQ and resource guide in response to the many questions and concerns our constituents have expressed regarding COVID-19, and this will be updated as new information is released.​

    Safe Care and PPE COVID-19 Safe Care and PPE FAQ

    Safe Care During Pregnancy COVID-19 Safe Care During Pregnancy FAQ

    Patient Abandonment by Nurses COVID-19 Patient Abandonment by Nurses

    The Kentucky Board​ of Nursing is an agency of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, governed by the Nurse Practice Act. The Board is a separate and distinct entity from any professional association.

    ​Our job is to protect public health and welfare by developing and enforcing state laws governing the safe practice of nursing.

    The Board is self-supporting through fees assessed for professional licensure. The agency receives no general fund tax appropriation. 


    For directions to the Kentucky Board of Nursing's physical location, please click here.

    Apply for Licensure Online

    NOTE: Application is best viewed using Internet Explorer or Firefox.
    • by Examination (initial licensure),
    • by Reinstatement, or
    • by Endorsement (licensure from another state board)
    For more information, see Apply for a License.
    It is not the practice of KBN to release NCLEX results to another board of nursing.

    License/Application Lookup

    For more information, see Apply for a License.
    PRIMARY SOURCE VERIFICATION: The KBN website is considered primary source verification and is actually the preferred method of licensure validation. Both JCAHO and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of the Inspector General, consider verification through the website as evidence of licensure. 
    KBN does primary source verification of an initial applicant's nursing education.  See 201 KAR 20:056201 KAR 20:070 and 201 KAR 20:110

    Nursing Leadership Programs

    For information on Nursing Leadership Programs, please click here.


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    Kentucky Board of Nursing
    312 Whittington Pky
    Suite 300
    Louisville, KY 40222
    Phone: 502-429-3300
    or 1-800-305-2042

    Fax:  502-429-3311

    Office Hours:
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    KBN Office Closed:   

    04/10/2020 (Good Friday - One-half day)

    05/25/2020 (Memorial Day​)

    07/03/2020 (Independence Day​)

    Please be advised that the Board office may be closed on occasions of severe weather and may be unable to provide specific notice of the closing. All online applications are available unless otherwise noted.