U.S. boards of nursing (BONs) and NCSBN share a common goal: protecting the public. NCSBN supports its members in their mission to assure that only competent, licensed nurses practice, providing the best quality care to you and your loved ones. Learn about NCSBN and what it and BONs are doing to address issues that affect the public health, safety and welfare.

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Published Date: 2011
Topic: Consumer Outreach

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

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Published Date: 2011
Topic: Consumer Outreach

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

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Published Date: 2012
Topic: Consumer Outreach

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.

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Published Date: 2014
Topic: Regulation

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.

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