Communications Library

Books/Journals

  • Journal of Nursing Regulation

    The Journal of Nursing Regulation (JNR) is a peer-reviewed, academic/professional journal published quarterly in January, April, July and October. It provides a worldwide forum for sharing research, evidence-based practice, and innovative strategies and solutions related to nursing regulation and practice.

    The Journal of Nursing Regulation is available online.  Questions or comments may be directed to jnr@ncsbn.org.

    Publication

  • Booklet: NCSBN Welcomes You to the Nursing Profession

    Offered as a free gift to newly licensed nurses in honor of its 40th anniversary, NCSBN created this 50-page booklet as a resource to help nurses better understand nursing regulation and their board of nursing (BON).

    2018 | Publication

  • Substance Use Disorder in Nursing Resource Manual

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

    2011 | Publication

  • Nursing Pathways for Patient Safety

    With a wealth of helpful guidelines and assessment tools, Nursing Pathways for Patient Safety makes it easy to identify the causes of practice breakdowns and to reduce health care errors.

    2010 | Publication

  • The First 25 Years: 1978-2003

    This book explores the NCSBN organization's origins and its work from 1978-2003, as well as the historical role of nursing regulation.

    2009 | Publication

  • Practical Guidelines for Boards of Nursing on Sexual Misconduct Cases

    This resource provides boards of nursing with practical guidelines in making decisions about sexual misconduct cases in their mission of public protection.

    2009 | Publication

Brochures and Posters

  • A Nurse's Guide to Professional Boundaries

    This brochure helps nursing students, educators, health care organizations and the public understand and apply the concepts of professional boundaries between a nurse and a client.  

    2014 | Publication

  • Poster: Social Media in Nursing: Understand the Benefits and the Risks

    This poster is designed to help both new and experienced nurses understand how social media can be properly used in the profession without breaking patient privacy and confidentiality laws. This is a companion piece to A Nurse's Guide to the Use of Social Media.

    2018 | Publication

  • Poster: Common Myths and Misunderstandings of Social Media

    This poster is designed to help both new and experienced nurses understand how social media can be properly used in the profession without breaking patient privacy and confidentiality laws. This is a companion piece to A Nurse's Guide to the Use of Social Media. 

    2018 | Publication

  • A Nurse Manager’s Guide to Substance Use Disorder in Nursing

    Substance use disorder (SUD) is rarely discussed on nursing units. It is the responsibility of a nurse manager, however, to provide education, dispel myths and take action when needed. This brochure outlines the roles and responsibilities of the nurse manager in situations involving SUD. 

    2018 | Publication

  • What You Need to Know About Substance Use Disorder in Nursing

    This brochure explains how substance use disorder (SUD) affects the nursing profession. Nurses have a legal ethical responsibility to report a colleague’s suspected drug use; learn how to recognize the warning signs and what to do to get a colleague help. Nurses that educate themselves about SUD help not only their colleagues, but they also protect patients. 

    2018 | Publication

  • Poster: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in Nursing: Break the Silence.

    This poster is designed to bring awareness about SUD to nursing leaders, as they have an important responsibility — to keep patients and staff safe, while maintaining high standards of care on your nursing unit. This is a companion piece to the brochure A Nurse Manager’s Guide to Substance Use Disorder in Nursing.

    2018 | Publication

  • Poster: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in Nursing: Be Aware. Get the Facts.

    This poster is designed to help nurses educate themselves about SUD changes, physical signs and signals will help not only their colleagues with SUD, but also protect patients. This is a companion piece to What You Need to Know About Substance Use Disorder in Nursing.

    2018 | Publication

  • Item Development Brochure- The NCLEX Depends On You!

    NCSBN depends on nurses to assist in the NCLEX item development process.

    2017 | Publication

  • A Health Care Consumer's Guide to Advanced Practice Registered Nursing

    This brochure explains the importance of advanced practiced registered nurses (APRNs) in health care, and how access to care could be increased if APRNs are allowed to practice to the full extent of their education and training in all states. This brochure also explains the APRN Consensus Model, which if adopted, would reduce barriers to care in all jurisdictions.

    2012 | Publication

  • A Nurse's Guide to the Use of Social Media

    This brochure is designed to help both new and experienced nurses understand how social media can be properly used in the profession without breaking patient privacy and confidentiality laws. It outlines:

    • Potential consequences for violating patient confidentiality by using various scenarios and situations
    • Uncovers common myths and misunderstandings about social media
    • Provides tips for how nurses can use social media appropriately while avoiding disclosing confidential patient information 

    2018 | Publication

  • State and Territorial Boards of Nursing: What Every Nurse Needs to Know

    This brochure offers nurses an explanation of what boards of nursing (BONs) do for the profession and those who work in it. This brochure provides information regarding:

    • A BON's investigation into violations of a state's nurse practice act (NPA)
    • The process for filing a complaint against a nurse who has exhibited unsafe, negligent or incompetent behavior
    • What a nurse can expect while their complaint is being investigated 

    2018 | Publication

  • What You Need to Know About Nursing Licensure and Boards of Nursing

    This brochure explains the importance of nurse licensure, including:

    • Why nurses are required to be licensed
    • How BONs safeguard the public by evaluating, issuing and renewing nurse licenses
    • How the nurse practice act (NPA) is implemented
    • Why disciplinary actions are taken against nurses who violate the NPA

    2011 | Publication

  • Your State Board of Nursing Works for You: A Health Care Consumer's Guide

    This brochure explains how a board of nursing protects the public and

    • Serves as a guide for consumers who have experienced or witnessed a nurse exhibiting unsafe, negligent or incompetent behavior
    • Explains what consumers can expect when a complaint is being investigated
    • Defines various nursing roles and responsibilities 

    2018 | Publication

  • You've Completed the NCLEX - But You Still Have Questions

    This brochure is for candidates who have just completed the NCLEX. Here, candidates can find information on how their results are processed, what happens if they don’t pass the exam, the NCLEX Quick Results Service, and who they can contact if they have a problem with the NCLEX or its administration.

    2015 | Publication

Publications

  • 2018 NCLEX Information Flyer

    Highlights for before, during and after the NCLEX. Includes information on The Eight Steps of the NCLEX, acceptable identification and rules for scheduling/rescheduling your appointment. Effective Jan. 1, 2018.  

    2018 | Publication

  • 2018 NCLEX Candidate Bulletin

    This resource serves as your guide from before to after the NCLEX, including important contact information, details on how to register, the NCLEX Candidate Rules and results processing. Effective Jan. 1, 2018.

    2018 | Publication

  • Booklet: NCSBN Welcomes You to the Nursing Profession

    Offered as a free gift to newly licensed nurses in honor of its 40th anniversary, NCSBN created this 50-page booklet as a resource to help nurses better understand nursing regulation and their board of nursing (BON).

    2018 | Publication

  • 2014 NCLEX-PN Detailed Test Plan - Educator Version

    The NCLEX examination test plan provides a concise summary of the content and scope of the examination. The test plan also serves as a guide for both examination development and candidate preparation. 

    2014 | Publication

  • 2017 NCLEX-PN Detailed Test Plan

    The detailed version of the NCLEX-PN examination test plan includes an in-depth overview of the content categories along with details about the administration of the exam as well as NCLEX-style item writing exercises and case scenario examples.

    2016 | Publication

  • 2017 NCLEX-PN Test Plan

    The NCLEX-PN test plan includes an overview of the content categories along with details about the administration of the exam.

    2016 | Publication

  • 2016 NCLEX-RN Detailed Test Plan - Candidate Version

    The candidate version of the NCLEX-RN examination test plan includes an in-depth overview of the content categories along with details about the administration of the exam. 

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    2016 | Publication

  • 2016 NCLEX-RN Detailed Test Plan - Educator Version

    The educator version of the NCLEX-RN examination test plan includes an in-depth overview of the content categories along with details about the administration of the exam as well as NCLEX-style item writing exercises and case scenario examples.

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    2016 | Publication

  • 2016 NCLEX-RN Basic Test Plan

    The basic NCLEX-RN test plan includes an overview of the content categories along with details about the administration of the exam.

    2015 | Publication

  • Public Policy Agenda

    The NCSBN Public Policy Agenda delineates the organization's policy goals, highlights the organization's policy activities and outlines what you need to know about NCSBN.

    2014 | Publication

  • NCLEX-PN Program Reports - Subscription

    This subscription service is a semi-annual or annual, comparative review of a program's performance that is designed to help educators and administrators identify their program's areas of strength and weakness. specific and national comparison reports of graduates' performances on the NCLEX examination. Performance results, test plan profiles and content dimension reports are all included. Jurisdictional and national rankings are used to describe the program's strengths and weakness with regard to the following:

    • Client needs
    • The nursing process
    • Categories of human functioning and health alterations
    • The wellness-illness continuum
    • The stages of maturity
    • Stress-adaptation-coping

    Program-specific information is reported provided for at least 10 first-time candidates tested within the six-month reporting period. Candidate-specific information is not available.  Reports are released in May and November; subscriptions are open to nursing schools only.

    Subscriptions for NCLEX-RN Program and NCLEX-PN Program Semi-Annual or Annual Reports are currently $350.00 and $225.00 respectively. Additionally, a joint annual and semi-annual subscription is $525 for RN programs and $337.5 for PN programs.

    The NCLEX program reports will be available for subscription by Canadian nursing programs in 2015.

    To order, please call 1.800.261.6227 or visit NCLEX Program Reports.

    Publication

  • NCLEX Program Reports - Subscription Overview

    Join hundreds of educators across the country who subscribe to NCLEX Program Reports. These reports are the only source for detailed information about your graduates' performance on the NCLEX examinations.

    2016 | Publication

  • All-Hazards Emergency Operations Guidelines for Boards of Nursing

    These emergency operations guidelines for boards of nursing are designed to assist boards of nursing in developing a rapid-response approach that allows for fluid continuity of core business operations in the event of a catastrophe. This guide outlines how information is gathered, channeled and assessed, when decisions are made and communicated, and what essential operations are to be maintained.

    2008 | Publication

  • NCLEX-RN Program Reports - Subscription

    This subscription service is a semi-annual or annual, comparative review of a program's performance that is designed to help educators and administrators identify their program's areas of strength and weakness. specific and national comparison reports of graduates' performances on the NCLEX examination. Performance results, test plan profiles and content dimension reports are all included. Jurisdictional and national rankings are used to describe the program's strengths and weakness with regard to the following:

    • Client needs
    • The nursing process
    • Categories of human functioning and health alterations
    • The wellness-illness continuum
    • The stages of maturity
    • Stress-adaptation-coping

    Program-specific information is reported provided for at least 10 first-time candidates tested within the six-month reporting period. Candidate-specific information is not available. Reports are released in May and November; subscriptions are open to nursing schools only.

    Subscriptions for NCLEX-RN Program and NCLEX-PN Program Semi-Annual or Annual Reports are currently $350.00 and $225.00 respectively. Additionally, a joint annual and semi-annual subscription is $525 for RN programs and $337.5 for PN programs.

    The NCLEX program reports will be available for subscription by Canadian nursing programs in 2015.

    To order, please call 1.800.261.6227 or visit NCLEX Program Reports.

    Publication

  • Directory of Nurse Aide Registries

    Contains a listing of all the Nurse Aide Registries, along with who maintains the registries and who investigates complaints in each state. Updated annually.

    2011 | Publication

  • The NCSBN Public Policy Agenda

    The NCSBN Public Policy Agenda delineates the organization's policy goals, highlights the organization's policy activities and outlines what you need to know about NCSBN.

    2011 | Publication

  • Member Board Profiles

    An online publication that provides an overview of the regulatory environment in which the 60 boards of nursing function. Visit the Nursing Research section to download various report sections. Updated annually.

    2010 | Publication

Papers

  • Commitment to Facilitating Interstate Practice

    This is the resolution describing the commitment of NCSBN in facilitating interstate practice which was adopted by the NCSBN Delegate Assembly on Aug. 15, 2014.

    2014 | Publication

  • 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

    2017 | Publication

  • 2017 Environmental Scan

    The 2017 NCSBN Environmental Scan represents a systematic and continuous effort to search for information about how nursing is evolving, and what that means for the future of nursing regulation. A variety of sources have been used to compile this document. Of course, this publication represents a mere snapshot in time of the world around us - both inside and outside of nursing regulation. It was distributed as a supplement to the Journal of Nursing Regulation in January 2017.

    2017 | Publication

  • The Tri-Regulator Collaborative Position Statement on Electronic Health Records

    The Tri-Regulator Collaborative is urging that steps be taken by all stakeholders to bring uniformity and interoperability to EHRs across all practice settings.

    2017 | Publication

  • The Tri-Regulator Collaborative Position Statement on Practitioner Wellness

    Practitioner wellness is a patient safety issue impacting an increasing number of practitioners each year. It is a complex problem that demands a comprehensive and transparent approach in identifying, treating, and preventing burnout and other stress-related conditions.

    2017 | Publication

  • 2016 Nursing Education Trends Committee Report

    NCSBN’s 2015-16 Nursing Education Trends Committee was charged by the Board of Directors to explore and identify trends and issues in the regulatory oversight of nursing education programs. This report summarizes the committee findings and includes the literature review that was developed as a foundation for this work.

    2016 | Publication

  • Military Analysis

    A Comparison of Selected Military Health Care Occupation Curricula with a Standard Licensed Practical/Vocational Curriculum. 

    2016 | Publication

  • Resource Manual on the Licensure of Internationally Educated Nurses

    The nursing shortage has led to an influx of nurses educated outside of the United States. The Resource Manual for Licensure of International Nurses was developed as a user-friendly resource for boards of nursing.

    2016 | Publication

  • Long-term Care Conference Monograph

    The Long-term Care Conference monograph includes themes from the discussions, along with brief summaries of published research on each of the major themes. A post-conference survey was sent to all participants six months following the conference to identify any steps taken or changes made as a result of attending the conference. The results of the survey are also presented.

    The monograph is intended for conference participants, nurses practicing in LTC, nursing home leadership, and organizations/agencies representing nursing homes and nursing home leadership.

    2014 | Publication

  • White Paper: Nursing Regulation Recommendations for Distance Education

    Background and literature review on the regulation of prelicensure distance education programs; regulatory issues; recommendations for BONs; visual model and timeline for adopting the recommendations.

    2014 | Publication

  • Regulatory Implications and Recommendations for Distance Education in Prelicensure Nursing Programs

    Regulatory Implications and Recommendations for Distance Education in Prelicensure Nursing Programs." Description: This article provides the background and related literature findings for the recommendations that NCSBN's Distance Learning Education Committee made for prelicensure nursing programs. These recommendations were adopted at NCSBN's 2014 annual meeting. Further, regulator and educator issues are explored. Five regulatory guidelines are explained, and a timeline for BONs meeting these recommendations is described. Citation: Lower, B. & Spector, N. (2014). Regulatory implications and recommendations for distance education in prelicensure nursing programs. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 5(3), 24-33.

    2014 | Publication

  • The NCSBN Position Paper on Telehealth Nursing Practice

    In the 1990s the increasing use of telecommunication technology to provide nursing services raised the question whether nursing services delivered through broadband and electronic channels constituted the practice of nursing. NCSBN recognizes nursing practice provided through broadband and electronic channels as the practice of nursing and thus asserts that the regulation of telehealth nursing is appropriately done by boards of nursing.

    2014 | Publication

  • The Tri-Regulator Collaborative Position Statement on Interprofessional, Team-based Patient Care

    Tri-Regulator Collaborative express its support for interprofessional collaboration and a team-based approach to patient care.

    2014 | Publication

  • The Tri-Regulator Collaborative Position Statement on Practice Location for Consumer Protection

    The Tri-Regulator Collaborative affirms that in a consumer protection model, health care practice occurs where the recipient of health care services is located.

    2014 | Publication

  • 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.

    2014 | Publication

  • Changes in Healthcare Professions' Scope of Practice

    Changes in Healthcare Professions’ Scope of Practice: Legislative Considerations is a result of a collaborative effort in 2006 by representatives from six healthcare regulatory organizations. It has been developed to assist legislators and regulatory bodies in making policy decisions related to healthcare professions’ scopes of practice.

    2012 | Publication

  • 2012 Prelicensure Nursing Program Approval

    This is Part II of the Nursing Education Committee document, which contains strategies for moving forward on the future of approval of BONs. As part of this work, the committee members hosted a World Cafe' meeting, where the participants dialogued about the alignment of approval, education and accreditation. See the monograph that resulted from that World Cafe' meeting.

    2012 | Publication

  • 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.

    2011 | Publication

  • A Preferred Future for Prelicensure Nursing Program Approval

    NCSBN's Nursing Education Committee wrote a report on the first year of their work in analyzing and making recommendations for the future of approval by Boards of Nursing. This report was approved in May 2011, by NCSBN's Board of Directors.

    2011 | Publication

  • Uniform Licensure Requirements

    Uniform Licensure Requirements (ULRs) are the essential prerequisites for initial, endorsement, renewal and reinstatement licensure needed across every NCSBN jurisdiction to ensure the safe and competent practice of nursing. ULRs protect the public by setting consistent standards and promoting a health care system that is fluid and accessible by removing barriers to care and maximizing portability for nurses. They also assure the consumer that a nurse in one state has met the requirements of the nurses in every other state. ULRs support the fact that the expectations for the education of a nurse and the responsibilities of a nurse are the same throughout every NCSBN member board jurisdiction in the United States.

    2011 | Publication

  • Understanding the NCLEX Examination Through the Core Values of NCSBN

    The development, administration and future direction of the NCLEX examinations is guided by the core values of NCSBN, which include collaboration, excellence, innovation, integrity and transparency in advancing regulatory excellence worldwide. This article is intended to provide information about the development and administration of the NCLEX examination as it relates to the cores values of NCSBN.

    2011 | Publication

  • The Methodology Used to Assess the Readability of the NNAAP Examination

    Explains the methodology used to assess the readbility of the NNAAP Examination.

    2010 | Publication

  • 2010 Policy Position Statement

    Position statement on the advancement of Nursing Education. NCSBN's Board of Directors endorses continued learning at all levels of nursing and supports the Tri-Council consensus policy on the advancement of Nursing Education.

    2010 | Publication

  • Innovations in Education Regulation Report

    This report of the Innovations in Education Regulation Committee details the history of the committee and presents the definitions and recommendations; a synopsis of the literature; a full report from the collaborative call held with education leaders; and a discussion of the influences that affect innovations, particularly regulatory influences.

    2009 | Publication

  • The Effects of Medication Aides/Assistants on Job Losses in Long-term Care Settings: A Non-Experimental Investigation

    A summary of the results of a non-experimental survey to investigate the effects of medication aides/assistants (med aides) on job losses in long-term care settings.

    2009 | Publication

  • Transition Evidence Grid

    This report is a companion to the Transition to Practice Report. This is a comprehensive report of all the evidence identified by the Transition to Practice Committee that is relevant to a regulatory transition model. This report was adopted by the May, 2008 NCSBN Board of Directors.

    2008 | Publication

  • Faculty Qualifications Paper

    2008 | Publication

  • Comparison of Tuning Competencies to U.S. National Accepted Competencies

    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.

    2008 | Publication

  • Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education

    Gain a better understanding of the requirements for adopting the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation.

    2008 | Publication

  • Transition to Practice Report

    This report is a companion to the Transition Evidence Grid. The report synthesizes all the evidence on transitioning new nurses to practice. It illustrates the importance of formal transition programs in protecting the public, and it provides the data that support the components of the Transition Regulatory Model. This report was adopted by the May, 2008 NCSBN Board of Directors.

    2008 | Publication

  • 2007 Core Competencies Paper

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

    2007 | Publication

  • Medication Assistant-Certified (MA-C) Curriculum

    The Medication Assistant Curriculum was adopted by the 2007 Delegate Assembly for those boards that regulate medication assistants. The curriculum includes a preamble that explains the use of the curriculum, the background of its development, recommended hours of training and admission requirements, and defines the terms being used. The curriculum itself includes 5 didactic modules in medication fundamentals, safety, communication and documentation, medication administration, and ethical legal, along with a clinical practicum module.

    2007 | Publication

  • Medication Assistant-Certified (MA-C) Curriculum - 2-page instructor’s Quick Reference to the Curriculum

    Document for assessing whether students have mastered the major areas of content. Each module contains recommended didactic and skills hours, as well as objectives, a content outline, evaluation criteria, and suggested references.

    2007 | Publication

  • Guiding Principles of Nursing Regulation

    Nursing regulation exists to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public in their receipt of nursing services–and much more. The complete scope of the guiding principles of nursing regulation are found in this paper.

    2007 | Publication

  • The Evidence-based Nursing Education for Regulation (EBNER) report

    This report was written after 4 years of work identifying evidence-based nursing education strategies that are essential for preparing new nurses for safe entry-level practice. These recommendations are based on a systematic review of outcomes research in nursing education, as well as NCSBN's own education studies. Adopted August, 2006.

    2006 | Publication

  • Clinical Instruction in Prelicensure Nursing Programs

    NCSBN's membership takes the position that all prelicensure students should have supervised, clinical experiences with actual patients, at the level of licensure to which they are seeking. This paper provides the background and evidence for that decision.

    2005 | Publication

  • Systematic Review of Studies on Nursing Education Outcomes: An Evolving Review

    This paper critically reviews the available research on methodologies used to educate nurses, particularly looking at those studies that identify outcomes. Specified criteria were used for selecting the studies, and each study was reviewed with regard to: sample, comparison studied, procedures, key results, strengths and weaknesses, and implications for boards of nursing. Adopted August, 2005.

    2005 | Publication

  • Practical Nurse Scope of Practice White Paper

    This paper was written after NCSBN brought in a focus group of LPN/VN experts from around the country. The paper reviews the rich discussion that took place at the focus group, presents internal and external research findings of the PN scope of practice, and reviews surveys that were sent to boards of nursing and external PN groups. The paper makes six recommendations. Adopted August, 2005.

    2005 | Publication

  • Working with Others Delegation Paper

    The paper builds upon historical and conceptual NCSBN papers on delegation by reaffirming the delegation decision-making process while adapting it to the realities of the current nursing workplace. It discusses issues impacting the preparation of nurses to delegate as well as the use of delegation in the management of nursing care.

    2005 | Publication

  • 2005 Continued Competence Concept Paper (Vol. 25)

    Increasingly licensing boards are being challenged to provide assurance to the public that licensees meet minimum levels of competence throughout their careers, not only at the time of entry and initial licensure. This paper explores environmental factors and analysis of issues regarding continued competence in nursing.

    2005 | Publication

  • Clinical Instruction in Prelicensure Nursing Programs

    This position paper identifies premises and defines relevant terms. There is a review of selected nursing education research and articles, and the committee members who wrote this paper consulted with simulation experts and participated in actual simulation. Input was sought from the boards of nursing and stakeholders. Five recommendations were made. Adopted August, 2005

    2005 | Publication

  • White Paper on the State of the Art of Approval/Accreditation Processes in Boards of Nursing

    This paper reviews the history of approval/accreditation in the U.S. as well as the international view of the regulation of nursing programs. The six models used by the U.S. boards of nursing to approve/accredit nursing programs are identified, recommendations are made, and future trends are identified. Adopted August, 2004

    2004 | Publication

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