Important Message for Visitors to the Board
April 2nd, 2020
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Board of Nursing and the Landon building will be closed to the walk-in public through April 19. Like most state agencies and businesses the majority of KSBN staff will be teleworking to perform the functions of the agency. Due to our high utilization of technology and dedicated staff, routine functions like renewals and licensing will continue. Some functions are interdependent with other entities, such as fingerprinting and NCLEX exams, and may not be business as usual. KSBN continues to work collaboratively to seek solutions, streamline functions and identify any regulatory changes that can be made that will allow KSBN to work to support Kansas nurses. Given that many of our KSBN staff members are teleworking, the best way to contact them is via their email. You may find our direct agency contacts information listed under Staff Contacts on our website. Please continue to follow our website and social media [Twitter and Facebook] and our COVID-19 Information Center for agency updates and frequently asked questions. For quicker responses, we strongly encourage you to do business with KSBN via our online services located on our website, mail or fax. KSBN staff are working diligently to continue to carry out the essential functions of the agency. Thank you for your patience during this difficult and uncertain time.
If you are an applicant or endorsement and need your fingerprints, you are encouraged to contact your local law enforcement office and/or the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to see if they continue to perform these services before visiting. The KBI can be reached at 785-296-7404.
The mission of the Board of Nursing is to assure the citizens of Kansas safe and competent practice by nurses and mental health technicians.
The Kansas State Board of Nursing would like to recognize the contributions that are being made by nurses at all levels during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. The courage that each front-line nurse demonstrates daily is heroic, requiring conquering personal anxiety and fears to provide care to the most vulnerable patients. Those nurses in leadership roles are struggling to make informed decisions, generate plans for our communities when no rules, guidelines or even adequate supplies exist. Meanwhile, nurses and APRN’s continue to provide care for the non COVID illness and emergencies that do not stop just because our nation has an unprecedented infectious event. We applaud your “Can do” spirit, efforts to collaborate with the entire health care team and all State and local agencies that are working together to get Kansas and our nation through these unfathomable times.
Get updates on how COVID-19 is impacting KSBN and the licensing process, read the CDC safety guidelines, utilize online resources, answer frequently asked questions, and more…
Explore KSBN’s COVID-19 Information Center.
In the on-going effort to modernize, increase efficiencies, and protect our planet, KSBN will no longer print license cards, but instead allow you to download/print your own from the comfort of your own home, at no additional charge to you!
Don’t forget that all multi-state applications require a NEW set of fingerprints for a background check. Any fingerprints/background checks submitted with other applications are not valid for the compact application, per compact rules.
Once fingerprints are received by KSBN, they must be sent to the KBI to be processed.
If you have received a renewal notice in the mail, but already renewed, don’t panic! KSBN will automatically send a renewal notice by mail approximately 90 days prior to your expiration date.
KS does not penalize you for entering lapsed status. (See Reinstatement for reactivation) If you have a primary residence and compact license in another state, you can simply let your KS license lapse.