Laws & Regulations

If you have any questions regarding the Kentucky Nursing Laws or Kentucky Administrative​ Regulations, contact Morgan Ransdell, General Counsel, at 502-415-3964​ or send a message using the Legal Contact Form

Kentucky Nursing Laws, KRS Chapter 314 (Legislative Research Commission)

 

BOUND COPIES NO LONGER AVAILABLE: Bound copies of the Kentucky Nursing Laws are no longer available from the Board. The Legislative Research Commission's website (above) is the most authoritative and up-to-date source for this information.

 

Kentucky Administrative Regulations

Kentucky Administrative Regulations, Title 201, Chapter 20: Board of Nursing 


Pending Regulation Changes Filed With the Legislative Research Commission (LRC)

For each pending regulation summarized below, the associated Adobe PDF document lists: regulation number; title; changes proposed; new or revised material to be incorporated by reference; place, time and date of the scheduled public hearing; the manner in which persons shall submit notification of attending the public hearing or written comments. In addition, all regulations listed below may be reviewed and monitored via the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission website:



201 KAR 20:065

201 KAR 20:065 Professional standards for prescribing Buprenorphine-MonoProduct or Buprenorphine-Combined-with-Naloxone by APRNs for medication assisted treatment (“MAT”) for opioid use disorder. On December 17, 2020, the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) decided to seek promulgation of regulation amendments that: (1) modify the definition of consultation; (2) allow lab test results [blood count (CBC), a comprehensive quantitative drug screen, liver function tests, a complete metabolic panel (CMP), HIV screening, and hepatitis serology] to be reviewed within thirty (30) days after induction; (3) allow patient consent for the release of prior medical records to be obtained within thirty (30) days after induction; (4) require a pregnancy test recommendation only in the case of a female patient of childbearing age, and allow the patient to decline the recommendation; (5) alter the obstetrical consult requirement to make it a plan, rather than a prerequisite, allow the patient to decline the consult; (6) specify that the obstetrical consult is not required if the APRN is an obstetrical care provider; (7) remove requirement that the obstetrical consult provider hold a DEA-X registration; (8) reduce the frequency of required KASPER checks from every visit to no less frequently than every ninety (90) days; (9) require the submission of the DEA-X registration via the APRN Update online portal; (10) clarify the pharmacology CE requirement; (11) set requirements to be followed when deviating from regulatory provisions; (12) require consideration of weaning only where relevant and clinically appropriate; (13) abolish the mental health evaluation requirement; (14) remove the statement of qualifications to perform required behavioral health counseling, and the statement regarding the required duration of the counseling; and (15) require alcohol and gabapentin testing only in the two GCMS/LCMS confirmed screens conducted each year.

201 KAR 20:370

201 KAR 20:370 Applications for Licensure. On February 15, 2021, KBN decided to seek promulgation of amended renewal applications as material incorporated by reference in this regulation. These changes: (1) state that verification of primary state of residence may be required; (2) state that traffic misdemeanors, other than DUI, should not be reported, which is consistent with §1(3) of the regulation; (3) remove KHEAA sentence from attestation, per passage of HB118 (2019); (4) add a question regarding “branch of active duty service” where the military question is present; (5) require entry of current mailing address each year; and (6) change the date on the document 2/2021.

201 KAR 20:411

201 KAR 20:411 – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program standards and credential requirements. On February 15, 2021, KBN decided to seek promulgation of amended Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) renewal applications as material incorporated by reference in this regulation. These changes: (1) state that verification of primary state of residence may be required; (2) state that traffic misdemeanors, other than DUI, should not be reported; (3) remove KHEAA sentence from attestation, per passage of HB118 (2019); (4) add a question regarding “branch of active duty service” where the military question is present; and (5) change the date to 2/2021.

201 KAR 20:506

201 KAR 20:506 – Nurse Licensure Compact. On February 18, 2021, KBN decided to seek promulgation of amended rules of the Interstate Commission of Nurse Compact Administrators as material incorporated by reference in this regulation. Three new rules have been added, each of which is described below: Rule 408 – Federal Criminal Records; Rule 409 – Active Duty Military Personnel or Their Spouses; and Rule 502 – Dispute Resolution. Rule 408 does not modify existing law or KBN practices in any way, but merely codifies within compact rules the prohibition on the release of National Crime Information Center (NCIC) reports received by party states to the compact, even as between the Interstate Commission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators and party states to the compact. Rule 409 does not modify existing law or KBN practices in any way, but merely codifies within compact rules the recognition of an active duty military member’s ability to designate any state in which the member is licensed as the primary state of residence during the period of service. Rule 502 sets the method for dispute resolution that applies when compact party states have a dispute related to the compact. It is very similar to the dispute resolution mechanism that existed under prior compact rules.

201 KAR 20:660

201 KAR 20:660 – Licensed certified professional midwives duty to report. On December 17, 2020, KBN decided to seek promulgation of regulation amendments that: (1) remove the requirement for reporting the outcome of all referrals; (2) provide for the confidentiality of LCPM incident reports and annual reports; (3) require the reporting of aggregate incident and annual report data that does not disclose confidential information; and (4) incorporate the new annual report form by reference.

201 KAR 20:065
201 KAR 20:370
201 KAR 20:411
201 KAR 20:506
201 KAR 20:660

MGR 03/01/2021 (updated each month) ​​​​​​​​​​