State Registered Nurse Aide

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​State Registered Nurse Aides (SRNAs) are nursing assistants who have met the requirements set by their state's nursing board to work in healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, and clinics.

​​​​​​​​​On March 20, 2023, the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) has implemented the new Optimal Regulatory Board System, or “ORBS,” a proprietary, cloud-based license management system. The Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry will no longer be mailing renewal reminders or certification letters.

What is the Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry?​

The Kentucky Nurse Aide Registry began in October 1990 after the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) became law. The Nurse Aide Registry has two main functions:

  • To maintain a list of qualified nurse aides.
  • To maintain a list of aides who have abused residents in facilities.

All long-term care facilities must check the registry and abuse status of individuals before hiring them.​


Name and Address Change

  • Name Changes:
    • Log in to the Kentucky Board of Nursing Nurse Portal
      • Go to Other Applications on the Nurse Portal Dashboard
      • Choose SRNA - Request a Name Change
        • Submit a copy of one of the required legal name change documents with the form if you are changing your name:
          • Marriage certificate
          • Divorce decree showing the legal name change
          • Court order
          • Social security card
  • ​Address Changes
    • Log in to the Kentucky Board of Nursing Nurse Portal
      • Go to Other Applications on the Nurse Portal Dashboard
        • Choose Address Change - SRNA
        • Submit the name change application.
          • ​Click on +​Change Address and it will allow you to complete the address change form.
            • ​Then click on Save and Return to Dashboard.
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How do I file a complaint regarding a SRNA?

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigates all allegations of abuse, neglect or misappropriation of property that are made regarding a SRNA​.


Additional Resources

For questions about SRNA requirements and testing, visit the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) website

For questions pertaining to the SRNA training program, grandfathering or regulations of SRNAs, visit the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) website or contact DMS at:

  • Cabinet for Health and Family Services
  • Department for Medicaid Services
  • Division of Policy & Operations
  • 275 East Main Street, 6W-D
  • Frankfort, Kentucky 40621
  • (502)564-6890
For information about medication aides, review the KCTCS website.​