KSBN's COVID-19 Information Center

A place for KSBN to update the public on matters related to COVID-19

Nurses in Kansas

How many nurses are in Kansas?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

License Type:

KS Licenses

Clinical Nurse Specialist:

468

Licensed Mental Health Technician:

63

Licensed Practical Nurse – Multi-State:

337

Licensed Practical Nurse – Single-State:

9,684

Licensed Practical Nurse – Temporary:

33

Nurse Midwife:

91

Nurse Practitioner:

4,985

Nurse Practitioner – Temporary:

5

Registered Nurse – Multi-State:

3,906

Registered Nurse – Single-State:

52,866

Registered Nurse – Temporary:

166

Registered Nurse Anesthetist:

1,140

Total Nurses in the USA

Updates

Essential Functions Continue

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.

NCLEX Exams to Resume in Limited Capacity

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN Examinations testing will resume on a limited basis at 60 Pearson VUE Testing Centers on March 25, 2020, ramping up to additional sites by March 28. Read more

Message to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) who prescribe medications.

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

During this time of COVID-19 pharmacists are seeing an increase in prescriptions for chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin.  Be aware the big distributors report shortages of these medications, so please be mindful when prescribing these medications.

KSBN Closes

Friday, March 20th, 2020

In accordance to the directive of the Governor on the matter of COVID-19, the Board of Nursing will be closed starting end of business Friday March 20th.  We are set to reopen on Monday, April 6th.  We thank you for your patience in the coming weeks as we work through these challenging times.

Due to office closure for the ongoing COVID-19 response, KSBN will not be able to process anything sent by mail until Monday, April 6th, when we are scheduled to reopen. This includes KORA requests sent by mail, applications sent by mail, etc.

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce its impact in our communities, we strongly encourage you to conduct all business with the Board through our website, email, or phone.

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.

KSBN Cancels Board Meeting

Monday, March 16th, 2020

In the Memorandum from Governor Kelly on March 13, 2020  we were directed to cancel all state-sponsored meetings or events of 30 or more people.  We could work on alternatives to conducting meetings, such as teleconference.  Since our Committee meetings and Board meetings are under KOMA, we did not have a back-up location that met the guidelines a participant could attend if needed.  A meeting space would need to allow at least six feet of distance between individuals attending in person.  All non-essential travel within the state is cancelled

Due to all these reasons the March Committee and Board meetings have been cancelled.  The next KSBN Committee and Board meetings are scheduled for June 15, 16, and 17, 2020.  All business on the March agendas will be moved to the June agendas. 

FAQs

How will we receive updates of information from the Board of Nursing?

We will be providing information via various methods of communications including the website, social media and push notification emails form the KSBN KANNalert System.

Is the Board of Nursing accepting fingerprints and background checks at this 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.

Is the Board of Nursing going to waive the requirement for Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)?

CNE is a requirement in statute and regulations.  The Board of Nursing cannot change statutes without Legislative action or a Governor’s Executive Order.  We are sharing with governmental leaders any suggestions given to the Board of Nursing staff.

When will the NCLEX testing be available?

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

NCLEX Exams to Resume in Limited Capacity March 25, 2020
NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN Examinations testing will resume on a limited basis at 60 Pearson VUE Testing Centers on March 25, 2020, ramping up to additional sites by March 28.

Is KSBN continuing to process renewals for licensees?

Yes, we continue to process license renewals.  KSBN online renewals remains available 24X7.  Please log into your KSBN Licensing Portal to renew your license. Please note that if you have an active multistate license in a different state and reside in that state, you can continue to work in Kansas on that license.

Is Kansas issuing any emergency license or waiving requirements at this time?

At this time, Kansas requirements for licensure have not changed and any type of emergency license has not been approved. However, Kansas is a compact state so if you have a multistate license in another state that license can be used in Kansas- either in person or telephonically.

Is the March 2020 Board and Committee still on?

In the Memorandum from Governor Kelly on March 13, 2020 KSBN was directed to cancel all state-sponsored meetings or events of 30 or more people.  We could work on alternatives to conducting meetings, such as teleconference.  Since our Committee meetings and Board meetings are under KOMA, we did not have a back-up location that met the guidelines a participant could attend if needed.  A meeting space would need to allow at least six feet of distance between individuals attending in person.  All non-essential travel within the state is cancelled. Due to all these reasons the March Committee and Board meetings have been cancelled.  The next KSBN Committee and Board meetings are scheduled for June 15, 16, and 17, 2020.  All business on the March agendas will be moved to the June agendas.

Will nursing licenses expire?

The requirement for licensure renewal every two years is in statute and the actual expiration dates are set in regulation (every two years the last day of the birthday month, odd or even years based on whether born in odd or even year). The Board of Nursing cannot change statutes Legislative action or a Governor’s Executive Order.  We are sharing with governmental leaders suggestions given to the Board of Nursing staff.   We have pushed multiple renew notifications to those in renewal status and encourage you to renew as soon as possible.  KSBN online renewals remains available 24X7.  Please log into your KSBN Licensing Portal to renew your license.

Can APRNs work without a collaborative agreement?

No, our statutes and regulations require a collaborative agreement between an APRN and a responsible physician. The Board of Nursing cannot change statues without Legislative action.

How do I verify the status of a nurse’s license?

We encourage employers and anyone from the general public to use the following methods to verify licensure.

Public License Verifications

Does this impact my nursing compact (NLC) license?

No, the Kansas State Board of Nursing is part of the Nurse License Compact.  The NLC increases access to care while maintaining public protection at the state level. Under the NLC, nurses can practice in other NLC states, without having to obtain additional licenses. For information on the NLC please visit the one of the website links below.

Does the State of Kansas have a website for statewide update on COVID-19?

Yes, please visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) COVID-19 website for up-to-date information about the state’s response to the COVID-19 emergency.

Do we need to carry our License Card during this emergency?

The Kansas State Board of Nursing does NOT require nurses to carry their license with them at all times. We have moved our operations in the same direction as the rest of the country to allow for multiple methods for real-time license verifications by employers and/or the general public.  If the nurse wishes to have a copy of their card, they may log into their license portal and print one free of charge.  Read more about license printing.