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May is Nurses Month - Support Kentucky Nurses, participate in educational opportunities and initiatives

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May is Nurses Month – Support Kentucky Nurses


To honor and support the more than 90,000+ nurses across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Nurses Association (KNA) is offering myriad of educational programs, appreciation activities and much more during National Nurses Month. 

To register for KNA events, visit 

KNA launches “Thank You Nurses” video project

On Wednesday, May 5, KNA will launch its “Thank you Nurses” video series.  The series will run through Nurses Month and the remainder of 2021, “The Year of the Nurse.” Create your own message of hope, thanks and encouragement for Kentucky nurses and send it to us at  Short video testimonials and photos are welcome.

 Nurses suicide prevention/mental health awareness and education

Governor Beshear will sign a proclamation declaring May as “Kentucky Nurse Suicide Prevention Month,” 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 5. 

“Shifting the Silence on Nurse Suicide in Academic & Healthcare Settings,” Noon – 1 p.m., Thursday, May 6. KBN #1-0001-12-21-67, 1.2 contact hours.  At the end of the program participants will be able to:

  • Describe the landscape of mental health and wellness for nurses;
  • Recognize the mental health and wellness toll of the nursing workforce during the pandemic;
  • Identify strategies to promote resilience and help prevent nurse suicide and
  • Reflect and commit on one self-care strategy to "walk the talk" for building a culture to practice resilience.

“QPR Gatekeeper Training,” Noon – 1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 13 (repeat on Thursday, May 27). KBN#1-0001-12-21-68, Contact Hours 1.8At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Verbalize common myths and facts surrounding suicidal behavior;
  • Verbalize and identify at least three suicide warning signs;
  • Describe the relationship of untreated clinical depression, other mental illnesses, and substance abuse to increased suicide risk;
  • Discuss means reduction and how to immediately reduce risk;
  • Recognize and identify three protective factors against suicide;
  • Demonstrate how to ask about potential suicidal intent (in role play);
  • Identify suicide as a national and local public health problem;
  • Demonstrate how to listen and persuade someone to get help;
  • Demonstrate how to make a referral for professional assistance and
  • Describes community and national resources and how to access them.

“Improving Resilience through Mindfulness Practices Among Nursing Students and Faculty,” Noon – 1 p.m., Thursday, May 20. KBN#12-0001-12-21-64, Contact Hours: 1.0. 

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss methods to integrate mindfulness into practice;
  • Explain the Mindfulness and Burnout and their benefits to participants and
  • List online and in-person tools to delve further into mindful practice.

KNA website re-design launch

Based on feedback from our members, we are reviewing the KNA website and will soon begin the transition to an updated format that we have heard good things about from other nursing associations across the country.  Web visitors will be able to easily navigate the site and access information quickly.  We will provide education modules to help you learn more about the new design and how it can work for you!  Stay tuned.

Additional educational programs during Nurses Month

KNA Northern Chapter, “Implementation of a Dedicated Education Unit (DEU):  An Evidence-Based Quality Improvement Project,” 5 p.m., chapter meeting, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m., CE Program, Wednesday, May 5. KBN#1-0001-12-21-69, .09 contact hours. At the end of the program participants will be able to:


  • Identify issues surrounding traditional learning experience;
  • Describe the significance and impact of the DEU and
  • Explain results of DNP project.


KNA/KBN, “An Overview of the Kentucky Nursing Laws: Understanding Scope of Practice and Protecting your License,”
9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 12. KBN#1-0001-12-21-55, 4.3 contact hours.  At the end of the program participants will be able to:


  • Understand the Kentucky Board of Nursing’s role as a regulatory agency;
  • Discuss the responsibility and accountability of nurses, nursing supervisors and administrators in relation to the Kentucky Nursing Laws, nursing practice, and current practice opinions;
  • Discuss the investigation and disciplinary processes;
  • Discuss the complaint and disciplinary processes related to the request and implementation of a hearing and
  • Discuss the Kentucky Alternative Recovery Effort (KARE) for Nurses Program and the incidence of substance use disorder in the nursing profession as well as the requirements for the nurse on disciplinary monitoring.

KNA Nightingale Chapter “The Kidz Club PPEC: A Medical Day Treatment Facility for Medically Fragile Children,” 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 13; KBN#1-0001-12-21-61, Contact Hours: 1.0.  At the end of the program, participants will be able to:


  • Define what PPEC (Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care) facility is and why it was established in Kentucky;
  • Identify what services are provided at a PPEC facility and
  • Be able to explain the steps of referral/admission process. 


KNA Bluegrass Chapter CE Program, “Preparing New Graduate Nurses for Patient Rescue,” 6 – 7 p.m., chapter meeting, 7 – 8 p.m., educational program, Tuesday, May 18. KBN#1-0001-12-21-62, Contact Hours: 1.0.  At the end of the program, participants will be able to:


  • Discuss patient deteriorations issues in healthcare;
  • Discuss simulation as an educational instrument and
  • Discuss the study findings that demonstrate that patient rescue education with simulation may help new graduate nurses prepare for independent practice.

KNA Movie Night 5, “Intersection of Social Justice & Healthcare – The Providers,” 7 – 9:15 p.m., Thursday May 27. KBN#1-0001-12-21-57, Contact Hours: 2.4. At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the healthcare delivery of rural providers who deliver care with little funding to underserved areas;
  • Explore the challenges faced by rural healthcare providers, and
  • Discuss the social determinants of health seen in the film and how the Providers incorporated those into their care model.

Attendees must stay for duration of the program to be awarded contact hours for continuing nursing education provide license number upon registration and complete an evaluation for the program. Partial credit will not be awarded for any session. We reserve the right to cancel or alter the program if unanticipated circumstances necessitate changes.  The Kentucky Nurses Association is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN). The KBN approval of an individual nursing continuing education provider does not constitute endorsement.