National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is an independent, not-for-profit organization through which boards of nursing act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concern affecting public health, safety and welfare, including the development of nursing licensure examinations.

NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN Examinations developed and administered by NCSBN are constantly and rigorously evaluated to keep pace with the rapidly evolving health care environment.
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Test Plans

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  • Just Launched - Medication Errors: Causes & Prevention
    Posted: 11/3/2015

    NCSBN's newly updated Medication Errors course is now available. It emphasizes:

    • The national imperative to reduce medical errors 
    • Enabling nurses to detect and prevent errors from occurring
    • The importance of reporting errors and near misses
    • Using a systems approach to identify the cause(s) of the error
    • Just culture concepts

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  • Posted: 10/27/2015

    These organizations join a list of more than 25 others that recognize that nursing care in the 21st century must be dynamic and fluid across state boundaries and that these compacts offer the best mechanism by which to achieve this goal.

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  • New! 2016 NCLEX-RN Test Plan
    Posted: 9/30/2015

    The NCLEX-RN Test Plan provides a concise summary of the content and scope of the licensing exam. It serves as a guide for exam development as well as candidate preparation. The 2016 NCLEX-RN test plans, English and French versions, are now available and will take effect April 2016.

  • Posted: 9/15/2015

    Chicago - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc. (NCSBN) has debuted the video, "New Nurses: Your License to Practice," to help new nursing students and newly licensed nurses better understand nursing licensure and regulation.

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This new video helps nurses entering their first jobs learn about how the profession is regulated and other key issues of professional responsibility.

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A national survey is underway to collect crucial information on the supply of Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses (LPN/VNs)in the United States.

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View results of this landmark study.

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