Kentucky Nursing License

Home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby, this Midwestern state stands out in many other ways than just thoroughbreds and big, fancy hats. Travel nurses have found that Kentucky can be a hot-bed for nursing jobs, and it all starts with obtaining a Kentucky nursing license.

Whether you work in the ER, ICU, or another complex specialty, travel nurses can be found in hospitals, medical centers, and other types of clinics throughout the state. Lexington, Louisville, and Bowling Green are just a few of the bigger cities that have a variety of jobs available.

If you have ever thought about heading to Kentucky for a travel nurse job, American Mobile can help make the process as simple as possible! Contact us today to find out more about getting your Kentucky nurse license and heading out on assignment!

How to Apply for a Kentucky Nursing License

The first step to a nursing license in this state is to visit the Kentucky Board of Nursing. Here, you will find all of the information and resources you need to get started.

There are several ways to apply for a nursing license in the State of Kentucky:

  • Endorsement (from another state)
  • Reinstatement (of a lapsed Kentucky license)
  • Examination (seeking initial licensure)

Regardless of the application type that you will be submitting, you will need to upload a few standards forms and types of paperwork.

Here’s a shortlist of a few of the things you will need to apply for a Kentucky nursing license:

  • Application and $165.00 fee (endorsement), $125 (examination) or $135 (reinstatement)
  • Kentucky Criminal Background Report from the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)
  • Fingerprint Card
  • Verification of Original Licensure
  • Transcripts

If you are eligible for a Kentucky board of nursing license renewal, you will need to meet the criteria outlined by the Board. This will include submitting a renewal application, ensuring your license has not lapsed, and submitting proof of continuing competency requirements.

It’s also important to note that you can track the status of your application online! Follow the status of your application (except renewal applications), from the time submitted to KBN through licensure.

Is Kentucky a Compact Nursing State?

Kentucky has been part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) for over 12 years now. With the NLC, a registered nurse is permitted to hold one license in his or her home state (primary state of residency) and to practice in other compact states (referred to as remote states)--without requiring any additional licenses.

If you hold a single-state license, you will need to convert it to a multi-state license. Our team of licensing experts can help you through this process. If you hold a multi-state license with an NLC state, you can start looking for travel nursing jobs in Kentucky!

You Can Get Your Nursing License Reimbursed!

American Mobile Healthcare can help you get your next great nursing job in the state of Kentucky. Our recruiters are standing by to help you get or renew your Kentucky state nursing license. In some cases, we will cover the cost of your licensing fees! We know they are an expense, and we are proud to help out. Chat with a recruiter to find out how to get your licensing fees paid for.

And, don't forget to take some time to complete the form to the right to be considered for travel nursing jobs in the great state of Kentucky.



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