NCSBN conducts cutting-edge, award-winning research that supports evidence-based regulatory decisions for patient safety and public protection. NCSBN has also created a number of initiatives to generate, encourage and fund research.

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Published Date: 2010
Topic: Regulation

The Journal of Nursing Regulation (JNR) is a peer-reviewed, academic/professional journal published quarterly in January, April, July and October. It provides a worldwide forum for sharing research, evidence-based practice, and innovative strategies and solutions related to nursing regulation and practice.

The Journal of Nursing Regulation is available online.  Questions or comments may be directed to jnr@ncsbn.org.

Published Date: 2014
Topic: NCLEX Examinations

This annual publication provides national and state summary data of member boards’ licensure activities, as well as data on candidate performance on the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN Examinations.

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Published Date: 2013
Topic: Practice and Education

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.

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Published Date: 2012
Topic: Practice and Education

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 registered nurse (RN) practice, practice analyses are conducted on a three-year cycle.

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