Resources for Researchers

National Nursing Database

A comprehensive source of nursing licensure statistics for the U.S. and its territories. This data is compiled by NCSBN's database, Nursys, which is an electronic information system where boards of nursing enter licensure data on a frequent basis. Of NCSBN's 58 (RN and PN) member boards, 54 share licensure data. View the latest statistics.

Process for obtaining NCSBN Research data for research purposes

NCSBN research data can be released to member boards for research purposes or to external investigators for secondary analysis.  Requests must meet criteria within our policy for releasing data.   In order to obtain data, all completed materials must be submitted to NCSBN pursuant to the applicable policy for review.  If approved, data would be shared after a data use agreement were signed by all parties involved. Please note that the process to obtain data may take up to three weeks. If you have any questions, please contact the Research Department at

NCSBN does not provide nurses contact information for marketing or research purposes. Individual boards of nursing may provide mailing or other lists of nurses in their state. Please see the Contact a Board of Nursing webpage for contact information. 

Research Library

The research library contains peer-reviewed articles conducted by nurse educators, administrators, regulators and NCSBN staff with the goal of advancing evidence-based regulation.