Ongoing Research

Board of Nursing Case Administration: A Pilot Study

In the pursuit of public protection, Boards of Nursing (BONs) are tasked with resolving discipline cases of nurses efficiently and effectively. Even though public information is often available for these cases, the process and exact timeline between the time of reporting an infraction and case resolution are not publicly available. In partnership with 10 BONs, NCSBN is conducting a pilot study to follow cases from complaint submission through board action. By looking at the time between steps in the process and any notable deviations from a generally accepted process flow, we can discover organizational best practices and reasonable timelines for investigation completion. Preliminary results are expected to be available in 2020.

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the eNLC Information Campaign

In January 2018, the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) was implemented. NCSBN created and distributed educational resources to stakeholders (nurses, employers, and educators) to 25 eNLC states in 2017. A follow-up survey will be distributed to determine if the dissemination of the educational materials was successful in terms of the stakeholders receiving it and understanding the implications of the eNLC on licensure. In addition, the survey will ask about possible changes nursing employers and educators foresee in nursing practice and education after the implementation of the eNLC. This study is expected to be completed in fall 2018.

Outcomes of Nurse Monitoring Programs

There are currently two studies related to nurse monitoring programs being conducted by NCSBN.

The first is a retrospective longitudinal cohort study of nurses participating in monitoring programs between the years 2007-2015. Data is being retrieved from third-party vendors that support both BON contractor-run programs and external programs from different states. This study will assess the completion rates of nurse monitoring programs, determine what personal and program characteristics are associated with program completion, and compare the aspects of different nurse monitoring programs to understand the most important program factors related to relapse and returning to work.

The second is a descriptive study of different types of monitoring programs for nurses with substance-use disorder (SUD) in the US, and a comparative analysis of the effectiveness of these types of nurse monitoring programs. The results of these two studies may lead us to re-evaluate and update guidelines for treating and managing nurses with a SUD. Boards of nursing establishing their initial nurse monitoring program will pilot a model evidenced-based program.