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Evidence-Based Nursing Education

Innovations in Education Regulations Committee (2008-09)

The Innovations in Education Committee has met the following charges:

  • Identifying real and perceived regulatory barriers to education innovations.
  • Developing a regulatory model for innovations education proposals.

View the Innovations in Education Regulations Committee toolkit.

Education Documents

Tuning Paper- This paper compares the European Tuning model of nursing education with: AACN's Baccalaureate Essentials; NCLEX Activity Statements; NLN Associate Degree Competencies; and the QSEN Competencies.

Core Competencies Paper- In 2007 NCSBN surveyed Boards of Nursing to see which jurisdictions have core curricula, and these are outline in this document. This document also contains a list of nursing program definitions developed by the education consultants of Boards of Nursing (such as one-plus-one, PN Exit, generalist, etc.) because the terminology has become confusing.

View other Education Papers.  

Faculty Qualifications (2008)

NCSBN has been studying the literature as they develop, for the Boards of Nursing, recommendations for qualifications and roles of nursing faculty of the future. As a part of this, the Practice, Regulation & Education Committee, in 2007, developed a grid (Download grid), which compares the faculty requirements across nursing education organizations. They also surveyed all Boards of Nursing about the extent of the faculty shortage in their states and to learn how Boards of Nursing are addressing this faculty shortage with the educators in their states. Download survey results.

Faculty Qualifications Conference

The nursing faculty shortage is constantly in the news, but what is not talked about is how it affects nursing regulation. To address the implications of the faculty shortage for nurse regulators the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) hosted a conference where nurse leaders learned more about what is currently being done to deal with the shortage and had the opportunity to discuss potential solutions. Download conference report.


  • Examine the regulatory issues that arise when there is public pressure to waive faculty qualifications during the faculty shortage.
  • Discuss creative solutions to the faculty shortage that encourage collaboration with practice, regulation and education.
  • Analyze the impact of innovative teaching strategies on patient safety.

Presentations from the conference:

In 2008 NCSBN's Faculty Qualifications Committee reviewed the literature and made recommendations about faculty qualifications and future faculty roles. Download report. Here is the Leader to Leader report on the Faculty Qualifications Committee.

Evidence-Based Nursing Information

Evidence-based practice or health care, also called evidence-based medicine or evidence-based nursing, is a term commonly used both nationally and internationally, but what really is it? Sackett et al., 2000, has provided us with a universally accepted definition, describing it as the integration of the best research with clinical expertise and patient values. The integration of the best research tells us that evidence-based nursing is not just research utilization of isolated studies, but it is a rigorous methodology where all the research data for a particular problem or issue are analyzed together, synthesized, and put into an integrative review. Sackett's definition also accounts for patient values and the expertise of the clinician, both of which might overrule the findings of an integrative review. It is important for nursing regulators to understand evidence-based nursing since many nursing programs are incorporating it into their curriculums. Further, nurse regulators are beginning to use evidence-based regulation in their regulation of nurses. Here is more detail on evidence-based health care and how it relates to regulation.

Evidence-Based Health Care in Nursing Regulation

In 2002 the NCSBN Board of Directors charged the Practice, Regulation and Education (PR&E) Committee to develop evidence-based nursing education for nursing regulation so that boards of nursing would have data to support their education rules and regulations.

As this work continued, NCSBN's Director of Education conducted a systematic review of research with nursing education outcomes (Download summary). The "National Survey of Elements of Nursing Education" is an especially interesting NCSBN study. In this study the final sample included 7,497 new nurses who were matched to the programs from which they graduated (410 nursing programs) to see which teaching methodologies had the best learning outcomes. Further, the PR&E Committee members held an Invitational Forum on January 26, 2006, where members of nursing education organizations, regulation, nursing practice, new nurses, and other health care disciplines were able to dialogue and provide NCSBN with their insights on evidence-based nursing education. NCSBN also held a Web cast on our evidence-based nursing education for regulation for the boards of nursing, and we asked for their insights and input. All of these data assisted us with developing our evidence-based nursing education recommendations for regulation. The EBNER recommendations are summarized in the following table: Download EBNER summary, or Download a more detailed report.


 "Evidence-Based Nursing Education."(6.8 MB)
Presented by Dr. Nancy Spector, Director of Education at NCSBN, June 5, 2007, at the North Dakota Board of Nursing "Nurse Faculty Intern Focus Groups and Education Presentation" conference.

How Qualified is Qualified?
Presented by Dr. Nancy Spector, Director of Education at NCSBN, March 12, 2007, at the Rhode Island Board of Nursing