KSTAR Nursing FAQs

  • What is KSTAR Nursing?

    KSTAR stands for Knowledge, Skills, Training, Assessment and Research. It is a program that uses individualized competency assessments and targeted remediation plans for nurses.

  • Who may enroll in KSTAR Nursing?

    Nurses who are referred by the Board of Nursing (BON) for disciplinary actions due to nursing practice violations of the Nursing Practice Act (NPA) with Board Orders at Warning or below are eligible for this program. Self-referrals are also welcome. Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) remediation is not available at this time.

  • Can the nurse complete the program from home?

    The nurse must travel to Bryan/College Station, Texas for comprehensive assessments twice during the program, but may complete the training/remediation portion of KSTAR Nursing from home.  The remediation program is individualized and self-paced and must be completed between the first and second trips.

  • How much travel is involved?

    The nurse will be expected to travel to Bryan/College Station, Texas for two different sessions. The first session (initial Assessment) covers two days of assessments and the second session (Final Assessment) involves one day of evaluation. The schedules run from 0800-1700 each day.

  • How long will this program take for a nurse to complete?

    The initial assessment is completed in 2 days. The training program is individualized and self-paced; therefore the completion timeframe will vary from one nurse to another. The average time frame for completion of the individualized educational plan (following initial assessment) is expected to be from 3-4 months which the nurse will complete through web-based training modules from home. The final assessment/evaluation is 1 day, and is scheduled after the individual educational plan has been completed.

    If referred by the BON, the nurse must enroll in the program within 45 days of date of the order unless otherwise agreed, and successfully complete the program within one year from the date the nurse signed the agreed order.

  • Can the nurse work while he/she participates in the program?

    Yes. Participation in KSTAR Nursing does not prevent a nurse from working as long as he/she follows any BON board-ordered stipulations.

  • Does the participant need to be employed as a nurse to complete the program?

    No. Current employment is not required during participation in the KSTAR Nursing program.

  • Who monitors the nurse’s progress?

    The nurse will be assigned a KSTAR Nursing coach who will guide him/her through the entire program to include self-paced remediation. The coach will discuss current status, progress toward goals and any questions with the nurse during scheduled phone sessions. Lack of progress toward goals may necessitate BON notification.

  • What is the cost of the program?

    Please call our office for pricing information at 979-436-0390. Payment is due in full when the contract is signed, prior to the beginning of the assessment. Based on individual assessment results, a precepted clinical experience may be indicated and additional costs, including travel, will be incurred. The cost of travel, hotel and food are not included in the program cost.

  • What are the computer requirements?

    Individualized educational plans and a portion of the Nurse Assessment are completed through computer modules. The computer requirements are:

    • Windows:
      • Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8
        • Preferred: Mozilla Firefox latest version
        • Internet Explorer 9 or higher
      • Mac (Intel Processor):
        • Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or higher
          • Preferred: Mozilla Firefox latest version
          • Safari 5 or higher
      • Other Software
        • Silverlight 4 or higher
        • Adobe Acrobat Reader X or higher
        • Adobe Flash Player 11 or higher
        • Java Script enabled
      • Session timeout counter
        • The browser used needs to allow status bar updates via script otherwise a session timeout counter will not be visible to nurse.
    • Satellite ISPs
      • The training website functionality depends on direct connections to their website and databases in order to accurately display content. Because many satellite ISP’s cache web pages rather than allowing connection to the originating website, the company is not able to guarantee performance of their website over a satellite connection.

      Optimal settings for viewing Simulations videos are:

      • Supported OS List
        • Windows 7
        • Mac OS X v10.7 (Lion) or Mac OS X v10.8 (Mountain Lion)
      • Supported Browser List
        • IE 9
        • Firefox 14.0
        • Google Chrome 25.0
      • Additional Plugins and Browser Requirements
        • Active X
        • Enterprise site must be listed as a "trusted site"
        • Flip4Mac 2.4.4.2 (for viewing video on Mac only)

For additional information please contact Walter Page or Angie Singleton at 979-436-0390