Kentucky CE Requirements for License Renewal

Kentucky.jpegAs a nurse in the state of Kentucky, you are required to earn continuing education to renew your active license.

Renewal Requirements

RN

  • Every year
    • 14 hours of continuing education                
    • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) credentialed nurses: 5 hours of approved sexual assault CE each licensure period. (Forensic medicine or domestic violence CE will meet this requirement)
  • One-time Requirements 
    • For candidates educated outside of Kentucky:
      • 3 hours related to domestic violence (one-time requirement)
      • 1.5 hours on pediatric abusive head trauma (one-time requirement)
      • These hours must be completed within the first 3 years of licensure.
    • Suicide Prevention (Effective January 13, 2022)
      • A minimum of 2 contact hours in suicide prevention which includes:
        • ​1 contact hour in suicide prevention generally; and
        • 1 contact hour that addresses:
          • Chronic toxic stress and secondary traumatic stress potentially increasing the incidence of suicide amongst nurses;
          • A confidential and standardized pathway to care for nurses that addresses screening, assessing, safety planning, referrals, and follow-up for nurses at risk for suicide;
          • Systems of care, evidence-informed approaches, and best practices to reduce suicide rates; and
          • Ethical legal considerations for caring for patients and nurses who are suicidal.
    • Implicit Bias (Effective January 13, 2022)
      • A minimum of 1.5 contact hours on implicit bias that addresses:
        • The impact of historical racism and other forms of invidious discrimination on the provision of healthcare;
        • Methods of evaluating the presence and extent of implicit bias; and
        • Measures that may be taken to reduce implicit bias.
Nurses who hold an active license on July 1, 2022 must complete the suicide prevention and implicit bias contact hours by July 1, 2023. Nurses who obtain a license by examination, endorsement, or reinstatement after July 1, 2022 must complete these hours within 3 years of licensure. RNs and LPNs may apply these contact hours to their annual CE requirements for the earning period in which they are completed. APRNs will not be able to apply these hours to their annual CE requirements, as they do not include pharmacology content.
 
LPN
  • Every year
    • 14 hours of continuing education 
  • One-time Requirements 
    • For candidates educated outside of Kentucky:
      • 3 hours related to domestic violence (one-time requirement)
      • 1.5 hours on pediatric abusive head trauma (one-time requirement)
      • These hours must be completed within the first 3 years of licensure.
    • Suicide Prevention - (Effective January 13, 2022) see above
    • Implicit Bias - (Effective January 13, 2022) see above
    • Infusion Therapy by an LPN
      • Must be completed by nurses educated outside of Kentucky and nurses who were admitted to a Kentucky program of nursing prior to September 15, 2019.
      • Must be completed prior to performing infusion therapy.
      • This course may be applied to the continuing education required for the earning period in which it is completed.
Advanced Practice 
  • Every year
    • 14 hours of continuing education as required to renew RN license. An APRN's board certification satisfies the 14 contact hour requirement for RN license renewal if the APRN certification was initially attained during the licensure period, has been in effect during the entire licensure period, or has been renewed during the licensure period.
    • All APRNs must complete the following each licensure period: 
      • 5 hours in pharmacology (drug-specific information, safe prescribing practices, safe medication administration, prescribing methodologies, new regulations)
      • APRNs with a CAPA-CS: of the 5 approved pharmacology contact hours required for APRN licensure renewal, 1.5 of these approved contact hours must be in the dual subject of pharmacology and either pain management, or addiction disorders. 
      • APRNs with DEA-X registration need 4 contact hours annually in addiction disorders, which includes 1.5 hours in addiction disorder pharmacology. The same CE certificates may be applied to all three of the requirements listed above.
      • Effective January 13,2022, CE in the use of KASPER will no longer be accepted.

Meet your license renewal requirements

NCPD Feeling Shame: Insights on Intimate Partner Violence
Journal of Christian Nursing, 2.0 contact hours

NCPD Intimate Partner Violence in Rural U.S. Areas: What Every Nurse Should Know
American Journal of Nursing, 2.5 contact hours

NCPD Shaken Baby Syndrome
Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 2.5 contact hours

NCPD Giving Sexual Assault Survivors Time to Decide: An Exploration of th euse and Effects of the Nonreport Option
 American Journal of Nursing, 2.5 contact hours

NCPD Ready for Anything: A Holistic Approach to Training Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs)
Journal of Forensic Nursing, 2.5 contact hours

NCPD Suicide Risk Assessment and Prevention
Nursing Management, 1.0 contact hour

NCPD Nurse Suicide Prevention: Preserving Mental Health During Crisis
Association for Nursing Professional Development, 1.0 contact hour

NCPD Addressing Implicit Bias in Nursing: A Review
 American Journal of Nursing, 1.0 contact hour

NCPD Nursing's Role in Addressing Racism
American Journal of Nursing, 1.0 contact hour

Note: If you are a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) credentialed nurse, here are CE activities to help you meet your required 5 contact hours of sexual assault CE each licensure period (forensic medicine or domestic violence CE will meet this requirement).

Additional CE Resources


Visit the Kentucky Board of Nursing for more information on your renewal requirements. Here’s the link to a handy chart of Kentucky Board of Nursing CE Requirements

Attention hospitals and other healthcare institutions! Interested in purchasing any of these CE activities in bulk for your staff?  Get more information by calling 855-695-5070 or sending an email to Sales@LippincottSolutions.com.