CHICAGO - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN), has just published a new “NCSBN Welcomes You to the Nursing Profession” booklet. Offered as a gift to newly licensed nurses in honor of its 40th anniversary, NCSBN created this booklet as a resource to help nurses better understand nursing regulation and their board of nursing (BON). It is the goal of the organization to provide each newly licensed nurse in the U.S. with this booklet.
“When I see a picture of a nurse on social media holding up a sign that says ‘I passed my NCLEX!’ it’s always a photo of unadulterated joy,” remarks Michael R. Bleich, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FNAP, FAAN, President NursDynamics, LLC and committee member, IOM Future of Nursing report. “It further symbolizes the nurse’s relationship to their BON. The resources of NCSBN and the BONs help guide and protect nurses who face multiple publics and a myriad of clinical practice challenges.”
Designed to ease the transition from student to working professional, the booklet provides information about the nursing licensure process and the responsibilities of nurse licensure. The booklet also features case studies that cover a wide variety of topics including substance use disorder, the appropriate use of social media and professional boundaries. Additionally, the document provides links to free online resources such videos, brochures, posters, magazines and newsletters.
Diane Mancino, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN, executive director, National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA), comments, “This is a must read resource for new graduate RNs and is essential to launching a nursing career. The information is not included in the nursing curriculum and it is indispensable to ensure successful entry into the nursing profession.”
Hard copies of the booklet can be ordered here
NCSBN marks its 40th anniversary milestone in 2018 with the inspiring theme of “Regulatory Excellence Surging Toward the Future.” Founded March 15, 1978, as an independent not-for-profit organization, NCSBN was initially created to lessen the burdens of state governments and bring together boards of nursing (BONs) to act and counsel together on matters of common interest. It has evolved into one of the leading voices of regulation across the world.
NCSBN’s membership is comprised of 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 30 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 4.8 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.