Registered Nurse Certification in Kentucky

The Kentucky Board of Nursing awards the registered nurse certification in Kentucky. It aims to promote health, safety, and welfare of the people by enforcing and developing state laws pertaining to safe practice of nursing. The article describes all the requirements and process to obtain RN licensure in this state.

Requirements for Getting RN Certification

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The applicants may apply via either of the two methods:

1. By Examination

Before applying for RN license by examination, the candidates ought to fulfill the below mentioned requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Submit non-refundable fee of $110
  • Provide an electronic copy of Criminal Background Report to the Board. You may request a state background check from the AOC (Administrative Office of the Courts) by using either of the two methods:
    • Paper Application
      • Download the form by clicking on http://kbn.ky.gov/apply/Documents/courtnet.pdf
      • Enclose a fee of $20 in the form of check or money order made payable to the “Kentucky State Treasurer.”
      • After completing the details, send the form with the required fee to the following address:
        ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURT
        Pretrial Services Records Division
        100 Millcreek Park
        Frankfort, Kentucky- 40601
  • Provide fingerprint card with a fee of $16.5 in the form of check or money order made payable to the Kentucky State Police. You may request for a fingerprint card using the link:
    https://ssla.state.ky.us/kbnursing/FingerPrintCard.aspxSend the card to the following address:
    Kentucky State Police
    1266 Louisville Road
    Frankfort, Kentucky-  40601
  • Complete graduation from a state-approved nursing program.
  • Pass the NCLEX-RN.
  • All graduates must meet the following continuing competency requirements:
    • Complete 2 contact hours of HIV/AIDS continuing education within six months of Kentucky licensure.
    • Complete 3 contact hours of Domestic violence continuing education within three years of Kentucky licensure.
    • All applicants must earn one and a half hours of Pediatric Head Abuse Trauma within three years of Kentucky licensure.

2. By Endorsement

The candidates holding an RN license outside the U.S. may apply for licensure by endorsement. They are required to meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the application form.
  • Submit a non-refundable fee of $150.
  • Some requirements (3 to 5) are similar as mentioned above (examination requirements).
  • Provide verification of licensure from your original board of nursing where you passed the NCLEX-RN exam.
  • If you were originally licensed in one of the following states, submit official transcripts with degree and graduation date from your nursing school directly to the Board: California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Washington.
  • All applicants must meet the following continuing competency requirements:
    • Complete 2 contact hours of HIV/AIDS continuing education within 24 months of Kentucky licensure.
    • Complete 3 contact hours of domestic violence continuing education within three years of Kentucky licensure.
  • If you have not completed at least 500 contact hours within the past 5 years, then click on the following link:
    http://kbn.ky.gov/ce/Pages/Competency/ceendorse.aspx


Procedure to Obtain RN License in Kentucky

1. By Examination

  • Complete the application form using either of the two methods:
    • Paper Application
      Paper application can be downloaded via this link:
      http://kbn.ky.gov/apply/Documents/paper_req_exam.pdfYou must submit a fee of $40 with the form which is an additional fee for requesting the paper application. Submit the application including the fees to the following address:KENTUCKY BOARD OF NURSING
      312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 300
      Louisville, Kentucky 40222-5172
  • After the ATT (Authorization to Test) is received, schedule and pass the NCLEX-RN exam.

2. By Endorsement

Complete the application form using either of the two ways:

  • Online
    Use the same link as mentioned in the online procedure by examination.
  • Paper Application
    For paper application, the applicants may use the following link :
    http://kbn.ky.gov/apply/Documents/paper_req_endorse.pdfYou must submit a fee of $40 with the form as an additional fee. No fee is charged, if the form is sent electronically. Submit the application with all the essential documents to the address mentioned above in paper application method of examination.

Methods for Verification of Licensure in KY

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All applicants who are applying for licensure by endorsement are required to submit a verification of certification from the nursing board that originally issued the license.

They may use any of the following methods:

  • Online
    The applicants may directly use the below link for verifying the licensure:
    www.nursys.com

Temporary Permit

The endorsement applicants may apply for a temporary license while awaiting a permanent license.

The temporary license will be issued only after meeting the following requisites:

  • Completely fill the application.
  • Submit a fee of $150.
  • Criminal Background Report: This section is discussed briefly in the requirements of RN license by examination (point number 3).
  • Successfully qualify the Kentucky Jurisprudence Exam.
  • Fingerprint card: Review the requirements of RN license by examination (point number 4).
  • Submit verification of licensure.
  • Official transcript comprising of degree and date of graduation.

Renewal of RN License in KY

RN license in Kentucky needs renewal on October 31st every two years. Only those applications which are received before this date will be renewed, others (obtained after the due date) will not be renewed and considered lapse.

Requirements for Renewal

The applicants must meet the following requirements to renew their license:

  • Evidence of approved 14 contact hours of continuing education.
    OR
  • National certification or re-certification related to the role of nursing practice.
    OR
  • Successful completion of a research project in nursing as a project director, co-investigator, or principal investigator.  It must be qualitative as well as quantitative, and involve the description of methodology utilized and a brief summary of the research.
    OR
  • Publish an article related to nursing.
    OR
  • Participated as a preceptor for at least 1 nursing student, or new employee undergoing the orientation process ,which includes at least 120 hours, having a one-to-one relationship with the employee or student, may doctrine more than 1 student during the 120 hours, and evidencing the preceptorship by documents written from the preceptor’s supervisor or from an educational institution.
    OR
  • Evidence of completing seven contact hours, and an evaluation of nursing employment required for continued employment, and covered a minimum period of six months.
  • Meet the continuing education courses requirements.

Continuing Education Requirements

View the complete list of the continuing education (CE) courses required for renewal of license using the following link:

http://kbn.ky.gov/ce/Documents/CETableofRequiredCourses.pdf

Methods of Renewal

Reinstatement of Expired/Lapsed License

If you possess a lapsed nursing license, you need to reinstate it, in order to resume your nursing practice. The following are the requirements to reinstate the lapsed Kentucky license:

  • Submit an appropriate fee of $120.
  • Clear the Kentucky Jurisprudence Exam.
  • Submit criminal background report: This section is discussed in the requirements of RN license by examination (point number 3).
  • Submit fingerprint card: Review the requirements of RN license by examination (point number 4).
  • Fulfill the continuing competency requirements.Use the below link to view the requirements:
    http://kbn.ky.gov/apply/Pages/Reinstatement/cereinstate.aspx

Status Check

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The applicants may check the status of their application by using the following link:

https://ssla.state.ky.us/KBNursing/SearchLic.aspx?TYP=LICREQ

After opening the above link, you must follow the instructions given:

  • Enter the SSN number.
  • Click on the “Search” button.
  • Review all the information before applying for a temporary permit, or for provisional license.
  • It takes at least 72 hours for the staff to review all the documents received.
  • Provide all the required documents by fax to 502-429-2211.
    Note: Do not fax applications and official transcripts (if requested).
  • Once you meet all the requirements, the license will be issued in approximately 14 days.

Validation of an Existing License

The applicants may check the validity of their Kentucky license by using the following link:

https://secure.kentucky.gov/kbn/bulkvalidation/basic.aspx

Retiring a License

RNs may take voluntary retirement from their nursing practice. They may use any of the methods to request for a retired license, provided they do not have any pending or current disciplinary action against them:

  • Paper Application
    For applying by paper application form,
    • Download the request form.
      http://kbn.ky.gov/apply/Documents/paper_req_retired.pdf
    • Mail this form with an appropriate fee of $40 (in addition to the application fee) in the form of check or money order to the address mentioned above in paper application method of examination.
    • After receiving the request, application form will be mailed to you.

The nurses may request to receive the KBN (Kentucky Board of Nursing) Connection after retirement by submitting a request through the following link:

http://kbn.ky.gov/Pages/magazine_contact.aspx


 

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