The boards of nursing (BONs) that comprise NCSBN protect the public's health and welfare by assuring that safe and competent nursing care is provided by licensed nurses. BONs achieve this mission by outlining the standards for safe nursing care and issuing licenses to practice nursing.

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Published Date: 2014
Topic: Practice and Education

NCSBN Model Act

The NCSBN Model Act and Rules are exemplary legislation that can be adopted by a BON. The current Model Act & Rules were developed by a NCSBN committee, approved by the Delegate Assembly in 2012 and updated in 2014.

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Published Date: 2014
Topic: Practice and Education

NCSBN Model Rules

The NCSBN Model Act and Rules:

  • Promote a common understanding of what constitutes the practice of nursing
  • Provide a comprehensive framework for boards of nursing to view regulatory issues and needs
  • Identify essential components of legislation
  • Inspire new ideas, new approaches and suggestions for future regulatory goals

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Published Date: 2011
Topic: Practice and Education

A Nurse's Guide to the Use of Social Media

NCSBN's Disciplinary Resources Committee studied the increasing use and misuse of social media in health care.

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Published Date: 2011
Topic: Practice and Education

Substance Use Disorder in Nursing

A resource manual and guidelines for alternative and disciplinary monitoring programs.

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