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Your APRN license will be voided if certification lapses

Tuesday, May 15, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Message to All APRNs from the Kentucky Board of Nursing

May 2012

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 advanced practice.

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:


If you want to ensure everything is in order:

1. Visit

2. Scroll down to the section titled Search by name.

3. Enter your name then click search. (You may also search by APRN license number)

4. On the search results, check the box next to your name on the APRN line.

5. Click Validate Selected

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.

If you see that the certification date listed on KBN’s web site is out of date, send a copy of your current certification card, before July 1, by mail to: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:

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.

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