Research

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

~1.2thousand participants in the National Prelicensure RN Study

Featured Research

National Prelicensure RN Study: Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Nursing Education

Currently underway at 55 nursing education sites across 26 US states, the National Prelicensure RN Study seeks to determine the extent to which programs changed their instructional formats due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The study will then prospectively and longitudinally track over 700 prelicensure nursing students and 450 faculty to measure engagement, academic performance, and early career experience.

Recently Completed Research

Outcomes of Substance Use Disorder Monitoring Programs for Nurses

See the results of the recently completed "Outcomes of Susbstance Use Disorder Monitoring Programs for Nurses" study.

Envisioning the Future of Nursing Regulation Through Research: A Global Agenda

Find out more about the recently published article, "Envisioning the Future of Nursing Regulation Through Research: A Global Agenda"

2021 PN Practice Analysis: Linking the NCLEX-PN Examination to Practice

This periodic performance of practice analysis (i.e., job analysis) study assists NCSBN in evaluating the validity of the NCLEX-PN test plan that guides content distribution of the licensure examination. This publication analyzes the U.S. population of entry-level licensed practical/vocational (LPN/VN) nurse practice, including the relevance of clinical judgment in the performance of nursing activities. Because changes can occur in LPN/VN practice, practice analyses are conducted on a three-year cycle.

2021 RN Practice Analysis: Linking the NCLEX-RN Examination to Practice

This periodic performance of practice analysis (i.e., job analysis) study assists NCSBN in evaluating the validity of the NCLEX-RN test plan that guides content distribution of the licensure examination. This publication analyzes the U.S. and Canadian entry-level nursing testing populations, including the relevance of clinical judgment in the performance of nursing activities. Because changes can occur in registered nurse (RN) practice, practice analyses are conducted on a three-year cycle. Due to COVID-19, the RN practice analysis was conducted in 2021.