NCSBN produces a wide variety of publications, online courses, videos, brochures, toolkits and newsletters presenting in-depth information and best practice techniques that contribute to the body of nursing knowledge.

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  • Report of Findings from the 2018 LPN/VN Nursing Knowledge Survey (Vol. 76)

    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.  

    2019 | Research Item

  • NGN News - Spring 2019

    Published quarterly, this newsletter provides the latest information about the work to assess potential changes to the NCLEX Examinations. 

    Newsletter topics:

    • The Clinical Judgment Model and Action Model

    2019 | Publication

  • Nursing Clinical Decision-Making: A Literature Review

    This literature review is for internal use and has not been published externally.

    2012 | Research Item

  • NLC Fact Sheets & Resources

    Listed below are helpful resources related to the Nurse Licensure Compact.


  • 2019 NCLEX Pass Rates

    Summary data for multiple categories of candidates, U.S. and international, is provided for performance on NCSBN's two nurse licensure examinations, the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN.

    2019 | Publication

  • 2019 NCLEX Fact Sheet

    Fact sheets provide volume and pass rate data for both U.S. and international candidates. Information is provided for performance on NCSBN's two nurse licensure examinations, the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN.  

    2019 | Publication

  • 2018 NCLEX Examination Statistics

    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. On Jan. 5, 2015, the first candidates were able to take the NCLEX-RN for purposes of licensure/registration in Canada. This publication provides a detailed breakdown of candidate performance for 2018, as well as historical data. 

    2019 | Publication

  • Nursing Clinical Decision-Making: A Literature Review

    The aim of this paper is to review the factors that contribute to clinical judgment and decision-making of novice nurses.

    2012 | Publication

  • Integrating the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Clinical Judgment Model Into Nursing Educational Frameworks

    Sound nursing clinical judgment is at the core of competent and safe client care. New graduate nurses face increasing challenges that underscore the importance of investigating how nurse educators teach and measure nursing students' abilities to make clinical judgments. This article presents the National Council of State Boards of Nursing-Clinical Judgment Model (NCSBN-CJM) and discusses the use of the model.

    2019 | Publication

  • Building a Method for Writing Clinical Judgment Items for Entry-Level Nursing Exams

    Clinical judgment has become an increasingly important aspect of modern health service professionals. To ensure public safety, licensure exams must go beyond assessing only knowledge and skills when evaluating entry-level professions to evaluating clinical judgment. This article provides background of a large-scale licensure examination’s process for measuring clinical judgment in entry-level nursing.

    2019 | Publication

  • Safe Student Reports Conference Call - July 2019

    NCSBN’s quarterly conference call to discuss the Safe Student Reports (SSR) research study with participating nursing programs. For the July 2019 call, the aggregate data report was shared and discussed, as well as various new resources.

    2019 | Recorded Webinar