Recent Research

NCSBN and The National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers are currently conducting the 2017 national workforce survey of Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses (LPN/VNs). The survey is designed to collect crucial information on the supply of RNs and LPN/VNs in the United States. Having an adequate supply of nurses in the workforce is among the priorities of a safe and effective health care system. Knowledge of the supply of nurses can be used to predict possible shortages and assist in the allocation of resources, program development and recruitment efforts in both the health care system and education sectors. Look for study results in the October 2018 issue of the Journal of Nursing Regulation.

Simulation Use in Undergraduate Education: A Follow-Up Study

In 2010, a survey was mailed to prelicensure RN programs to understand the scope of programs using simulation, in which courses simulation is used, if simulation hours are or would be substituted for clinical hours if allowed, how simulation is conducted and used, and the frequency of use. In 2017, a follow-up study replicated the methodology of the 2010 survey and added questions about the NCSBN simulation study and guidelines. The study will describe the current state and use of simulation in prelicensure programs including LPN/VN programs, compare the 2017 findings to the 2010 results, and determine the use and impact of the simulations study and guidelines. Look for study results in the October 2018 issue of the Journal of Nursing Regulation

Outcomes of Alternative to Discipline (ATD) Programs

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

The first is a retrospective longitudinal cohort study of nurses participating in ATD programs between the years 2007-2015. Data is being retrieved from a third-party that supports both BON contractor-run programs and external programs from 15 different states. This study will assess the completion rates of nursing ATD programs, determine what personal and program characteristics are associated with program completion, and compare the aspects of different ATD 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 ATD programs for nurses with substance-use disorder (SUD) in the US, and a comparative analysis of the effectiveness of these types of ATD 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 ATD program will pilot a model evidenced-based program. 

NCSBN conducted a landmark, national, multi-site, longitudinal study of simulation use in prelicensure nursing programs.