Reporting & Enforcement

Access and Reporting of Administrative and Board Actions

Board actions are considered public information according to administrative law. Many boards of nursing (BON) 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 National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). This data bank 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 data banks – 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.

Nursys

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: 

  • Licensure QuickConfirm
  • Nurse License Verification
  • Emergency Responder Service

NCSBN's Agent Role

NCSBN via Nursys serves as a reporting and querying agent to the federal data bank for many BON. The exchange of discipline information is incorporated into the functionality of Nursys.

Other Member Boards Services

NCSBN member boards utilize Nursys 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