Imposter Alert!

The report provided below lists individuals that have either applied for a nursing position, been employed as a nurse in Kentucky, or used the title of nurse. KBN records indicate that these individuals have never been licensed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

If you have any information about a possible imposter, notify the KBN Consumer Protection Branch immediately!

Identifying an Imposter

Please note that KRS 314.031(1) provides that it is illegal for any person in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to represent or hold herself or himself out to the public to be a nurse without having obtained proper licensure as a nurse by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.  As stated in KRS 314.991(4), any person in violation of this statute may be subject to criminal prosecution resulting in a period of imprisonment of not more than 12 months or a fine of not more than $500, or both.

It is extremely important that all employers verify that a nurse is properly licensed in Kentucky prior to employment. It is unlawful for any person to knowingly employ a nurse who is not licensed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky or who does not hold a compact license.  In order to prevent the possible practice of nursing by an imposter, employers must take great care to validate the licenses of their nursing employees utilizing the KBN website. 

Discussion at the national level indicates that many states deal with the problem of imposters.  Problems exist nationally in the identification of these persons and in their subsequent prosecution.  Most states do not have jurisdiction over a non-licensed person who poses as a nurse and must rely on local law enforcement and the criminal justice system for prosecution.  The success of these prosecutions varies among the states.  Overall, KBN has been successful in having imposters investigated and prosecuted by the various commonwealth and/or county attorneys.

Nurses must take great care to protect their licensure information at all times. If you have any information about a possible imposter, notify the KBN Consumer Protection Branch immediately!

Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Validation

With implementation of the NLC, please note that employers need to continue validating the license of a nurse whose primary state of residence is a compact state (other than Kentucky). 

  • See External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing's (NCSBN) comprehensive national database of nurse licensure information. 

An imposter may be...

An unlicensed person who poses as a nurse and who may subsequently practice nursing.

A person who gains licensure based on fraudulent credentials.

A person who steals the identity of another licensed nurse and practices.

A person who is licensed in one capacity and alters their credentials to practice in another capacity (i.e. LPN represents himself/herself as RN).

Contact Us...

I&D Contact

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact the KBN Consumer Protection Branch at 1-800-305-2042, extension 3325 or 3314.