Kentucky Board of Nursing ​​​​


Information Concerning Address Update

Pursuant to KRS 314.107 any person licensed by the board shall maintain a current mailing address with the board. An email was recently sent to a number of nurses to notify them that their address did not upload properly during the renewal cycle and that they would need to update their address as instructed in the email. Address changes can be made at the  Address Change Page.


Emails were sent to the individuals selected for the 2020 CE Audit. If you have received a notice, please follow the steps to complete the CE Audit. All items are due on or before February 23, 2021. Additional information regarding the CE Audit and CE Broker is available on the following page at https://kbn.ky.gov/ce/Pages/ceauditFAQs.aspx.

An Open Letter Regarding the Position of Executive Director, Kentucky Board of Nursing

This open letter was issued upon the recommendation of the board President, Dr. Jessica Wilson.

Alert Regarding Phishing Scam

Board staff have been advised of various phishing scams that have been initiated across the country where an individual falsely claims that they work for a government agency in an attempt to obtain personal information, including date of birth, social security number, or financial information. Often they will use information that is publicly available to provide legitimacy to the contact. We have received reports of this occurring in Kentucky, including someone claiming to be with the Kentucky Board of Nursing or with other Kentucky government agencies. If you receive a request for information from an individual who claims to be with the Kentucky Board of Nursing and you are not expecting the request, please contact the Kentucky Board of Nursing to verify the legitimacy of the contact. We encourage you to use the contact information located on the Kentucky Board of Nursing website and not the contact information provided by the individual who has contacted you. Contact information can be located on the Kentucky Board of Nursing website at https://kbn.ky.gov/Pages/staff.aspx.

If you believe that you are the victim of a scam, please report the scam to the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General via the Scam/ID Theft complaint form:


Fee Payment Update: Effective July 6, 2020, fees assessed by the banking industry will be charged for each transaction. Payments made with a credit card will have an additional 2.75% of the payment added to the total. Payments made by ACH (online check) will have a $1.00 charge attached to the payment. The banking fees will be in addition to the fees due the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

UPDATED 3/16/2021

KY Board of Pharmacy Update: Directives from the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy were revised on July 29, 2020.  The directive placing restrictions on prescriptions for chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, mefloquine, or azithromycin was repealed at the July 29, 2020 Kentucky Board of Pharmacy meeting.​

Enforcement Changes Pursuant to Executive Order and SB 150 (2020)

  1. APRN Collaborative Agreement Requirements Lifted

    On March 31, 2020, J. Michael Brown, Secretary of the Governor's Executive Cabinet, signed an Order suspending collaborative agreement requirements for the duration of the COVID19 State of Emergency pursuant to Senate Bill 150 Section 13 (2020), and Executive Orders 2020-243 and 2020-257. For Kentucky APRNs, and out-of-state APRNs who have been approved to practice in Kentucky during the State of Emergency, the requirement for collaborative agreements with physicians for the prescribing of controlled substances and legend drugs has been lifted. Specifically, KRS 314.042 Sections 8 and 10 have been suspended, as well as 201 KAR 20:057 Section 7. The suspension of KRS 314.042 Section 10 also lifts the one year waiting period during which newly licensed APRNs were previously required to refrain from prescribing controlled substances. APRNs who prescribe controlled substances will still need a DEA registration and a KASPER master account in order to review patient KASPER data prior to the initial prescribing of a controlled substance to a patient, and no less frequently than every 90 days for ongoing prescribing of controlled substances to a patient.

    Secretary of Executive Cabinet​ Order - Board of Nursing -APRNs

  2. Clinical Education Requirements Modified

    On March 5, 2021, J. Michael Brown, Secretary of the Governor's Executive Cabinet, approved a Kentucky Board of Nursing Memorandum that modifies, for the duration of the current State of Emergency, certain nursing clinical education requirements pursuant to Senate Bill 150 Section 13 (2020), and Executive Orders 2020-243 and 2020-257. Per the relaxed enforcement of 201 KAR 20:320 Section 2(9) and Section 3(1)(b) specified in the Memorandum, Board staff will not enforce the 120 hour integrated practicum requirement in a manner that necessitates direct patient care, or the completion of the integrated practicum within seven consecutive weeks. This means that, during the emergency, the 120 hour integrated practicum may be completed or met through simulation. In addition, Board staff will not enforce the 50% threshold for simulation. This means that programs of nursing may provide up to 100% of clinical experiences through simulation if necessary and provided it comports with 201 KAR 20:320 Section 3.

    Clinical Education Requirements Modified Memo

  3. Clinical Education Requirements Modified

    On March 5, 2021, J. Michael Brown, Secretary of the Governor's Executive Cabinet, approved a Kentucky Board of Nursing Memorandum that rescinded COVID-19 emergency measures related to fingerprint-driven criminal background checks, NCLEX, and continuing education requirements for reinstatement applicants.


  4. Clinicians who provide COVID-19 (SARS CoV2) testing: Healthcare providers are required by law and regulation to report all positive laboratory results for SARS CoV2 in a Kentucky resident to the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH). For more information see the August 5, 2020 letter issued by KDPH here.

  5. Advisory on Prescribing Buprenorphine for Opioid Use Disorder During COVID-19 State of Emergency
    On December 17, 2020, the Kentucky Board of Nursing issued an advisory Advisory-on-Prescribing-Buprenorphine.pdf on the subject of Buprenorphine prescribing during the COVID-19 pandemic and the related State of Emergency declared by Governor Andy Beshear.  In summary, the advisory encourages the use of telehealth and recognizes that the standards of acceptable and prevailing nursing practice that apply under normal circumstances may not apply in a state of emergency.  During the emergency, if an APRN prescribing buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder is unable to conform to requirements set forth in 201 KAR 20:065 due to circumstances beyond the APRN’s control, or if the APRN makes a professional determination that it is not appropriate to comply with a specific standard, based upon the individual facts applicable to a specific patient’s diagnosis and treatment, the APRN shall document those circumstances in the patient’s record and only prescribe buprenorphine to the patient if the patient record appropriately justifies the prescribing under the circumstances.

    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

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    • 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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    Below are the current employment opportunities available at the Kentucky Board of Nursing. Letters of interest and resumes should be submitted to the attention of Jennifer Hart, Human Resource Administrator via e-mail at Jennifer.Hart@ky.gov. For questions regarding vacancies and/or employment with the Kentucky Board of Nursing please contact Jennifer Hart by email.​

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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:   

    4/2/2021 (Good Friday, Half-Day)

    5/31/2021 (Memorial Day)

    7/5/2021 (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.

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