An APRN “is licensed to engage in advance practice registered nursing pursuant to KRS 314.042 and certified in at least one (1) population focus.”
Throughout the statutes and regulations relating to APRNs, the four APRN roles are:
- Certified nurse practitioner;
- Certified registered nurse anesthetist;
- Certified nurse midwife; and
- Clinical nurse specialist.
Population Focus of APRN
The terms Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nursing are defined in KRS 314.011 (7) and (8).
Specifically, KRS 314.011(8) provides for APRNs to perform additional acts, by virtue of completion of education programs for one of the four APRN roles and at least one population focus. The regulation 201 KAR 20:057 Section 2 incorporates by reference scope and standards of the population foci recognized by the Board. For information regarding the four roles (designations) and the population foci recognized by the Board, visit the KBN webpage concerning certification/population foci and designations/roles.
Scope of Practice
You will find more information regarding scope of practice here, Nursing Practice.
Determining Scope of Practice
In additional to Kentucky Nursing Laws:
APRNs should review Advisory Opinion Statements (AOS) issued by the KBN and utilize the APRN Scope of Practice Decision-Making Model to discern their scope of practice. They are found in the Document Library. On the following page, you can find an AOS Index.
You will find more information regarding an APRN’s prescriptive authority, on the following page APRN Collaborative Agreement Prescriptive Authority.
You will find more information regarding an APRNs prescribing of controlled substances on the following page APRN Prescribing Controlled Substances