Your APRN license will be voided if certification lapses
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Posted by: Leila Faucette
Message to All APRNs
from the Kentucky
Board of Nursing
An important change was made to the Kentucky nursing laws that affect all
APRNs. Specifically, 201 KAR 20:056,
Section 7 (2) (b) was modified as follows:
"An APRN whose certification or recertification lapses prior to the
expiration of the APRN license and who does not provide evidence of current
certification or recertification after a request by the board shall have the
APRN license voided….”
Effective July 1, 2012, if an
APRN does not send KBN validation of current certification before the national certification
expires and the APRN license is current, KBN will invalidate the APRN license
the day following the expiration date of the certification. This action is not considered to be disciplinary
action. It is, however, in keeping with
the board’s mission of protecting the public, by assuring that all APRNs who
hold a current license have continued to meet the competency requirements for
If the license is voided, the APRN may request a hearing by
submitting the request in writing to the board.
If the action is upheld by the board or is not challenged, The APRN may
seek reinstatement of the license by meeting all of the requirements set forth
in Section 6 of 201 KAR 20:056.
An APRN may not practice in the advanced role when the APRN
license and/or the national
certification have expired. To do so is a violation of nursing law and subjects
the APRN to disciplinary action.
You will find the full version of the regulation at: http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/kar/201/020/056.htm
If you want to ensure
everything is in order:
down to the section titled Search by
your name then click search. (You may also search by APRN license number)
the search results, check the box next to your name on the APRN line.
The following page will
display the status of your license along with your national certifying body and
certification expiration date. You’ll also see whether or not you’ve notified
KBN of a CAPA-CS.
you see that the certification date listed on KBN’s web site is out of date, send
a copy of your current certification card, before July 1, by mail to:
Kentucky Board of Nursing
ATTN: Ruby King
312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222-5172
or email: Ruby.King@ky.gov
Certifying bodies are NOT
required to notify the board of nursing of lapsed certifications. Every month KBNauditsfor certifications which
will expire within the month of the audit and sends an email notification to
those nurses.There is no
second notice sent and there is no grace period.
All Kentucky APRNs should send a copy of
their recertification card to KBN as soon as they receive it or upon KBN’s request.