The trust that exists between patients and nurses is based on a simple concept: that the nurse is a competent, qualified professional who puts the patient’s best interest and safety first. NCSBN provides information on licensure, how to become licensed in other jurisdictions and other key resources.

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Published Date: 2014
Topic: Practice and Education

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.

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Published Date: 2011
Topic: Practice and Education

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

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Published Date: 2014
Topic: Practice and Education

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. 

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Published Date: 2011
Topic: Practice and Education

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

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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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