The objective of obligatory continuing education (CE) / competency can be found in the Kentucky Nursing Laws (KRS 314). The Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) is responsible for upholding statutes and regulations set forth in the Kentucky Nursing Laws. The KBN CE brochure is available in PDF explaining Kentucky nursing continuing education regulations.
Anyone wishing to work as a nurse in Kentucky is required to affirm their efforts to improve and maintain nursing proficiency; it is also intended to affirm their efforts to improve and maintain the expertise needed competently work in nursing practice, nursing administration, nursing education, and nursing research. The KBN’s CE/competency earning and licensure period starts on November 1 and ends on October 31 each year.
How to Earn CE/Competency Units in Kentucky
Kentucky Administrative Regulation 201 KAR 20:215 stated that CE/competency must comprise one of the following:
- One is able to prove they earned fourteen contact hours.
- One is able to prove they earned seven contact hours accompanied by a satisfactory nursing employment evaluation for continued employment. The nurse’s evaluation must include a signature from their supervisors, as well as the name, address, and phone number of the employer. Additionally, the evaluation must cover no less than six months of the CE earning period.
- One holds an up to date national nursing certification or re-certification initially earned, renewed, or in effect during the period. This does not include clinical certifications such as the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and others.
- One has acted as a project director, principal investigator, or co-investigator on a nursing research project. Submissions must include a project abstract, a summary of findings, as well as be qualitative or quantitative; it should utilize a logical research methodology and increase knowledge, change behavior, and improve outcomes.
- One can do a nursing continuing education lecture produced and developed by the licensee. It should be endorsed by a letter from the offering provider identifying the licensee as the presenter of the offering, or evidenced by a project brochure or course syllabi. The licensee should present it to nurses or other health professionals. The presenter earns twice as many contact hours as what is earned by attendees of the presentation.
- Participation as a preceptor for at least one nursing student or new employee.
- Publication of an article in a peer-reviewed, health-related journal.
- Successful completion of a post-licensure academic course related to nursing at a college, university, or post-secondary vocational institution.
According to the KBN CE/Competency page, the following things are not accepted as CE:
- “Prelicensure general education courses, either electives or those designated to meet degree requirements.”
- “Activities that are part of an employing agency’s staff development program designed to provide information related to the work setting: on-the-job training, orientation, basic cardiopulmonary like support (BLS/CPR), or equipment demonstrations.”
Requirements for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
APRNs are not required to earn fourteen hours of CE to renew their RN licenses if they meet the following requirements:
- The certification was initially acquired during the licensure period.
- The certification has been in effect during the entire licensure period.
- The certification has been renewed during the licensure period.
If an APRN wishes to fulfill pharmacology CE requirements, they must obtain five hours of approved pharmacology CE during each licensure period. The content should include the following material:
- Drug-specific information
- Safe prescription practices
- Safe medication administration
- Prescription best practices and methodologies
- New regulations
- Any other topics that are required at that time
Requirements for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)
SANE accredited nurses must earn five contact hours of approved sexual assault CE within each licensure period. This is required by 201 KAR 20:411, Section 8. Additionally, domestic violence or forensic medicine CE will also meet these five contact hours. They may count as a portion of the initial fourteen hours of CE required for the renewal of an RN license.
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