Reporting and Enforcement
Access and Reporting of Administrative and Board Actions
Board actions are considered public information according to administrative law. Many boards of nursing (BONs) publicize actions against a nurse's license, including actions that reinstate a license. BONs use a variety of methods to communicate this information - Nursys, as well as state databases, newsletters and websites.
Federal law requires that adverse actions (discipline) taken against a health care professional's license be reported to the federal data bank - National Practitioner Data Bank. This databank was created to serve as a repository of information about health care providers in the U.S.
Previous to May 6, 2013, there were two federal databanks – National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB). On May 6, 2013, NPDB and HIPDB merged into one database, now referred to as NPDB.
Publicly Available Services
Nursys is the only national database for verification of nurse licensure, discipline and practice privileges for RNs and PNs licensed in participating jurisdictions. There are three Nursys services publicly available via www.nursys.com: Licensure QuickConfirm, Nurse License Verification, and Emergency Responder Service.
NCSBN's Agent Role
NCSBN via Nursys serves as a reporting and querying agent to the federal databank for many boards of nursing. The exchange of discipline information is incorporated into the functionality of Nursys.
Other Member Boards Services
NCSBN member boards utilize Nursys via www.nursys.org to:
Verify nurse's licensure details
Enter and review disciplinary actions
Identify NLC licenses
Enhance communication between member boards
Retrieve discipline and various other reports