NCSBN was created to lessen the burdens of state governments and bring together boards of nursing to act and counsel together on matters of common interest.

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Published Date: 2010
Topic: 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.

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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Published Date: 2011
Topic: Regulation

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.

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Published Date: 2014
Topic: Practice and Education

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: 2017
Topic: Practice and Education

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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