NCSBN conducts cutting-edge, award-winning research that supports evidence-based regulatory decisions for patient safety and public protection.

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Featured Research

2017 National Nursing Workforce Survey

The National Nursing Workforce Survey collects crucial information on the supply of RNs and LPN/VNs in the United States, which assists in allocating resources, developing programs and recruiting efforts.

Recently Completed Research

Chief Nursing Officer Survey

See the results of the recently completed Chief Nursing Officer Survey.

APRN Collaborative Agreement Study

Find out more about the recently completed APRN Collabroative Agreement Study.

2018 LPN/VN Practice Analysis: Linking the NCLEX-PN Examination to Practice (Vol. 75)

This periodic performance of practice analyses (i.e., job analysis) studies assists NCSBN in evaluating the validity of the test plan that guides content distribution of the licensure examination. Because changes can occur in licensed practical/vocational nurse (LPN/VN) practice, practice analyses are conducted on a three-year cycle.

Full Scope-of-Practice Regulation is Associated With Higher Supply of Nurse Practitioners in Rural and Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Counties

Access to quality primary care is challenging for rural populations and individuals residing in primary care health professional shortage areas (HPSAs). The ability of nurse practitioners (NPs) to provide full care is governed by state scope-of-practice (SOP) regulation, which is classified into three types: full SOP, reduced SOP, and restricted SOP. Understanding how legislative and regulatory decisions can influence supply of NPs in underserved areas can help guide effective health policies to reduce disparities in access to care.