Recently Completed Research

Advancing Nursing Excellence for Public Protection NCSBN Regulatory Guidelines and Evidence-Based Quality Indicators for Nursing Education Programs

Boards of nursing (BON) approval of nurse education programs is an integral part of their mission of public protection. The purpose of program approval is to ensure the program comprehensively covers the knowledge and skills students need to be licensed as a nurse and to practice safely as new graduate nurses. However, scant evidence exists on what program characteristics correlate with initial and ongoing approval beyond NCLEX pass rates. Thus, this mixed-method study was conducted by NCSBN starting in 2017 through 2019 to identify valid measures of nursing program quality and possible warning signs indicating a program may be falling below required standards for approval. Full results were published in the July 2020 issue of the Journal of Nursing Regulation.

Outcomes of Substance Use Disorder Monitoring Programs for Nurses

Substance use disorder (SUD) continues to be a leading public health concern for state boards of nursing (BONs). Consequently, NCSBN sought to assess what SUD monitoring program characteristics correlate with program completion by conducting a retrospective cohort study of 7,737 nurses participating in SUD programs between the years 2007 and 2015. Bivariate analyses explored variables aligned with successful program completion, and logistic regression models were run to assess predictors of program success. Full results were published in July 2020 of the Journal of Nursing Regulation. Formal guidelines are currently being developed and will be pilot tested with select BONs in mid- to late 2021.

Evaluating the Efficacy of the Adverse Event Decision Pathway: A survey of Canadian Nursing Leaders

NCSBN recently partnered with the College of Nurses of Ontario and British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals to replicate its US Chief Nursing Officer Study conducted in 2017 and to pilot its Adverse Event Decision Pathway (AEDP) tool. The study employs a pre/post survey design to examine adverse event reporting protocol among nurse leaders in these two Canadian provinces. Published results are anticipated for early 2021.