In December 2008, the Kentucky Board of Nursing approved recommendations to pursue legislation for implementation of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Model Consensus. This national model that is endorsed by more than 40 regulatory, certifying, professional and accrediting agencies establishes uniform recommendations for licensure, accreditation, certification, and education of APRNs. The APRN Consensus Model document can be downloaded from the NCSBN Website.
The Kentucky Board of Nursing is committed to enacting the Consensus model to facilitate consistency in the education, certification, and licensure of the APRN role. The goal of the model is to establish standards that protect the public, improve access to safe, quality APRN care and improve practice mobility for APRNs.
The APRN Consensus Model was the outcome of work conducted by the APRN Joint Dialogue Group made up of representatives from the Advanced Practice Nursing Consensus Work Group and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) APRN committee. Former KBN board member and dean of the school of nursing at Murray State University Marcia Hobbs served on the APRN committee from 2005 -2007 and contributed to the development of the model.
One of the first changes pursued by KBN is to revise the title of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). This title will be legally protected and used only by individuals licensed as an APRN.
Effective January 10, 2011, the legal title for all advanced registered nurse practitioners (APRNs) in the state will change to “Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).” This is a title more consistent across the United States and less confusing, since all advanced practice nurses are not nurse practitioners.
The Board of Nursing will also replace the registration number with a new seven-digit license number. The APRN license number will be seven digits long. It will start with a three (3), followed by zeroes (0), followed by the current registration number. The number of zeroes is the number required to yield a seven-digit number. For example, if a registration number was 4297P, the license number will be 3004297. Note: The letter (A, M, P, or S) will no longer be used.
All APRNs will be instructed to start using the new license number and new title effective January 10. These license numbers can be validated on the KBN website should there be questions.
Only KBN-issued APRN license numbers will be affected. This in no way changes DEA numbers or prescription privileges.
APRNs are reminded that all documents, insurance policies, etc. should be changed to reflect the new title change and KBN APRN license number before March 1, 2011.
KBN plans an incremental implementation of the APRN model with participation by APRN educators, employers, and the APRN community. If you have questions or comments to share, please submit them using the APRN Practice Contact Form. You may also want to visit our APRN Consensus Model FAQ page.