CHICAGO –The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) announces that the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) is now uploading their certification information into the NCSBN Nursys database. NBCRNA is the first advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) credentialing association to use Nursys to provide electronically primary source certification information to boards of nursing (BONs).
NBCRNA CEO Karen Plaus, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, CAE, commented, “The NBCRNA and NCSBN have worked hard on this important data-sharing initiative that will streamline and benefit all nurse anesthetists. This project will enable the NBCRNA to receive automatic, nearly real-time data updates on RN licensure from all states that participate in Nursys; a considerable improvement over our current manual, self-report method of RN licensure data collection.”
This new service is especially valuable to BONs as they now have real-time access to current certification credentials as part of the licensure process for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). This is also of great benefit to CRNAs for whom continual certification is a requirement of licensure/state recognition.
Nursys is the only national database for licensure verification for registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) and APRNs. Nursys is designated as a primary source equivalent database through a written agreement with participating BONs
. Nursys is live and dynamic, and all updates to the system are reflected immediately, pushed directly from participating BON databases through frequent, secured data updates. Adding certification information that is readily available adds another layer of data that is accessible to the BONs.
NCSBN CEO David Benton, RGN, PhD, FFNF, FRCN, FAAN, remarked, “With the success of the initiative, NCSBN looks to the future and the possibility of adding information from the other APRN certification organizations, eventually creating an invaluable resource for BONs further contributing to public safety and and providing certification organizations with customized licensure reports.”
The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting patient safety by enhancing provider quality in the field of nurse anesthesia. We accomplish our mission through the development and implementation of credentialing programs that support lifelong learning among nurse anesthetists. The vision of the NBCRNA is to be recognized as the leader in advanced practice nurse credentialing. The NBCRNA certification and recertification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) of the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS).
Founded March 15, 1978, as an independent not-for-profit organization, NCSBN was created to lessen the burdens of state governments and bring together BONs to act and counsel together on matters of common interest. NCSBN’s membership is comprised of the BONs in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories — American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands. There are also 27 associate members that are either nursing regulatory bodies or empowered regulatory authorities from other countries or territories.
NCSBN Member Boards protect the public by ensuring that safe and competent nursing care is provided by licensed nurses. These BONs regulate more than 4.5 million licensed nurses.
Mission: NCSBN provides education, service and research through collaborative leadership to promote evidence-based regulatory excellence for patient safety and public protection.
The statements and opinions expressed are those of NCSBN and not the individual member state or territorial boards of nursing.