Resources

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.

  • Alabama Consumers' Views of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

    The primary purpose of boards of nursing is public protection, but few boards have conducted research with the public's input. This article provides results of a study conducted by the Alabama Board of Nursing regarding the views of 600 consumers on advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Less than 20% of participants knew the agency responsible for regulating APRNs, but the expectations for public safety were explicit regarding preparation for practice and competence.

    2011 | Research Item

  • Graduate Nursing Programs for Non-Nurses: A National Perspective

    This study represents an initial attempt at exploring the characteristics of graduate programs in nursing for non-nurses (GPNNNs), their students, and real and potential regulatory concerns. The variability in the required number of credits alone is a prompt for educators to examine the most efficient path to a graduate degree for non-nurses. Further, those involved in the design, implementation, and regulation of these programs and the students need to consider the actual and potential regulatory issues that can surface when students without a nursing degree are permitted or required to take the NCLEX after completing pregraduate nursing courses.

    2011 | Research Item

  • Nurse Practitioner Certification and Practice Settings: Implications for Education and Practice

    Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are certified within a population-focused specialty area, practice in a variety of settings, and treat a wide range of patients. Little is known about what agreement exists between certification obtained and actual site of practice. The purpose of this study was to examine NP practice sites as compared with their certification and examine additional education they received after employment.

    2011 | Research Item

  • Speak for Success: A Pilot Intervention Study on Communication Competence of Post-Hire International Nurses

    Speak for Success was a research study designed to test the effectiveness of an evidence-based, comprehensive communication training program for international nurses. This study indicated that a short-term linguistic intervention was effective in reducing phonologic errors of international nurses regardless of gender, age, country of origin, or length of residency in the US. Despite a tendency of improvement for some communication variables, differences in between-group and within-group comparisons were not significant.

    2010 | Research Item

  • A Statewide Approach to a Just Culture for Patient Safety: The Missouri Story

    The Missouri Just Culture Collaborative brought together health-care providers, regulators, and other key stakeholders to learn and implement the principles of Just Culture. Under the leadership of the Missouri Center for Patient Safety, 67 health-care providers and regulatory agencies worked together to implement aspects of Just Culture. The collaborative led to an improved understanding between providers and regulators about barriers to implementing true Just Culture and how regulators can support provider efforts to improve the safety culture.

    2010 | Research Item

  • Analyzing Nursing Regulation Worldwide

    Promoting clear communication and information sharing among nurse regulatory bodies is an essential step toward protecting patients worldwide. The research described in this article was intended to enhance global information sharing among nurse regulators, aid the development of a system that efficiently validates nurses' eligibility, and thus manage risk associated with increasing nurse migration, and allow recognition of best practices.

    2010 | Research Item

  • Using Multiple-Patient Simulation Experiences to Foster Clinical Judgment

    This multisite study examines the impact of multiple-patient simulation experiences on the development of students' abilities to make clinical judgments in evolving situations and the correlation between the design of the simulation and student outcome achievement in the final semester of their prelicensure nursing program.

    2010 | Research Item

  • Use of Simulation in Nursing Education: National Survey Results

    While simulation use in nursing programs continues to increase, it is important to understand the prevalence of this new technology in nursing education, how this technology is utilized, and how educators are preparing to teach with this educational tool. This article reports on the results of a survey conducted by NCSBN of 1,060 pre-licensure nursing programs in the US as a means of describing use of simulation.

    2010 | Research Item

  • Nurses' Competence Development During the First 5 Years of Practice

    More than 2,000 practice anecdotes e-mailed by new nurses during their first 5 years of practice were analyzed to describe nurses’ definitions of competence and how it developed over time. Nurses defined competence as efficient care amid complex priorities; rapid response to subtle changes in patients’ conditions; seeing the big picture and working the system on patients’ behalf; interpersonal warmth, respect, and authority; and a committed desire to learn and improve. Support for development of these qualities may promote nursing care quality in high-acuity practice environments.

    2010 | Research Item