Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) Owning a Practice

It is not within the scope of practice for the LPN or RN to independently practice, order products, or prescribe treatments.


  • RNs may administer medication and treatment as prescribed by a physician, physician assistant, dentist or advanced practice registered nurses. See KRS 314.011(6)
  • LPNs may identify, observe, and care for the ill, injured, or infirm under the direction of a registered nurse, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, licensed physician, or dentist. See KRS 314.011(10)

RN or LPN Owning a Practice

Statutes and regulations do not prohibit a nurse from owning a practice.

An RN or LPN may use standing orders or protocols that have been established by a physician or an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

AOS #14 Implementation of Patient Care Orders and AOS #15 Supervision and Delegation of Nursing Acts to Unlicensed Personnel are in the document library.  On the following page, you will find additional information on delegation and supervision.

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS)

CHFS regulates many different types of facilities, such as long-term care facilities, home health agencies, ambulatory infusion facilities, family care home, personal service agencies, tattoo parlors, etc. CHFS link application for health care and long-term care – cabinet for health and family services

The KBN has no jurisdiction over these types of facilities. A nurse who wishes to own and operate such a facility is advised to contact the CHFS.

APRNs Owning a Practice

Information related to an APRN and independent practice may be found at APRN Independent Practice Opening and Owning a Practice.

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