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NCSBN Global Regulatory Atlas Reaches Milestone of 282 Jurisdictions

Posted 11/12/2018
The groundbreaking NCSBN Global Regulatory Atlas has reached the milestone of holding information from 282 jurisdictions representing more than 18.8 million nurses around the world.

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CHICAGO– The groundbreaking NCSBN Global Regulatory Atlas has reached the milestone of holding information from 282 jurisdictions representing more than 18.8 million nurses around the world. The Atlas charts the nursing regulatory landscape and provides a comprehensive online compendium of nursing regulation worldwide. 

“There is no other comparable resource anywhere and we are extremely proud of what we have accomplished with the assistance of health care regulators worldwide,” comments NCSBN CEO David Benton, PhD, RGN, FFNF, FRCN, FAAN. “We have reached the significant milestone of having data from 282 jurisdictions, which is more than 150 countries from every habitable continent. It is our goal to have all jurisdictions across the world represented and we add more every day.” 

Uniquely positioned to offer nurses, educators, researchers and health care administrators detailed information about regulatory bodies across the globe –  including their nursing population statistics, licensure or registration requirements, levels of nursing, education and much more – the Global Regulatory Atlas is an invaluable and vital resource. Users can easily access in-depth information, explore global metrics, and compare and contrast jurisdictions. Reports can be saved and downloaded for future use. 

This essential resource is offered free of charge and can be accessed at

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 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 three exam user members. There are also 28 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.