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.

  • Preceptor support in hospital transition to practice programs

    Preceptor support in hospital transition to practice (TTP) programs.

    2015 | Publication

  • A Multisite study on graduate registered nurse transition to practice program: Return on Investment

    A Multisite study on graduate registered nurse (RN) transition to practice (TTP) program: return on investment.

    2017 | Publication

  • Transition to practice in hospital settings

    Transition to Practice (TTP) in hospital settings.

    2015 | Publication

  • Newly Licensed RN retention: Hospital and Nurse Characteristics

    Newly licensed RN retention: hospital and nurse characteristics.

    2017 | Publication

  • The National Council of State Boards of Nursing transition to practice study: Implications for educators

    NCSBN's Transition to Practice (TTP) study: implications for educators.

    2015 | Publication

  • In Focus Winter 2019

    • Groundbreaking, Comprehensive, Vital: The NCSBN National Nursing Guidelines for Medical Marijuana
    • NCLEX Practice Exam Simulates the Experience of Taking the NCLEX
    • Global Perspective: College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba
    • Helping to Drive the Change: Alabama Board of Nursing Highlights Voluntary Disciplinary Alternative Program with Awareness Campaign
    • NCSBN Launches a New Awards Nomination Portal for the 2019 Awards Program
    • 2019 NCLEX-RN Test Plan

    2019 | Publication

  • In Focus Fall 2018

    • NCSBN Celebrates its Ruby Red 40th Anniversary at the 2018 Annual Meeting
    • A United Mission: Reflections on Hosting an International Guest and Colleague at NCSBN’s Annual Meeting
    • Global Perspective: Nursing Council of New Zealand | Te Kaunihera Tapuhi o Aotearoa
    • Being a Good Listener: Karen Scipio-Skinner Reflects on Leadership and Service
    • Pearson Vue Testing Center Updates

    2018 | Publication

  • In Focus Summer 2018

    • Impacting Change: NCSBN Office of Government Affairs Influences Policy at the Federal and State Levels
    • Influencing and Engaging Others: The College of Nurses of Ontario Receives NCSBN’s 2018 Regulatory Achievement Award
    • You Do Not Have to Be a Nurse to Be a Leader: Bohn’s Thoughts on Leadership 
    • Nursys QuickConfirm: the Free and Easy Way to Verify Nurse Authorization to Practice
    • NCLEX Practice Exam

    2018 | Publication

  • NCSBN simulation guidelines for prelicensure nursing programs

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) published the results of the largest, most comprehensive study to date concerning the use of simulation as a substitute for traditional clinical experience. Results of the study, which were published in 2014, demonstrated that high-quality simulation experiences could be substituted for up to 50% of traditional clinical hours across the prelicensure nursing curriculum. An expert panel convened by NCSBN evaluated the data gathered through this study, examined previous research and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Standards of Best Practice: Simulation, and used their collective knowledge to develop national simulation guidelines for prelicensure nursing programs. This article presents those guidelines, evidence to support the use of simulation, and information for faculty and program directors on preparation and planning for using simulation successfully in their nursing programs.

    2015 | Publication

  • NCLEX Item Selection

    1. Every time you answer an item, the computer re-estimates your ability based on all the previous answers and the difficulty of those items.
    2. The computer then selects the next item that you should have a 50% chance of answering correctly.
      • This way, the next item should not be too easy or too hard
      • The computer's goal is to get as much information as possible about your true ability level
      • You should find each item challenging as each item is targeted to your ability
    3. With each item answered, the computer's estimate of your ability becomes more precise.

    2013 | Recorded Webinar

  • Review of Entry-Level Characteristics and the NCLEX

    Analysis of data from a nine-year span indicated that nursing practice environment had become more complex; thus, the question arose about the current length of the entry-level nurse period.

    2014 | Publication

  • The Readability of the NCLEX Examination

    NCSBN assesses the readability (the ease with which one can read and comprehend text) of each operational NCLEX pool of items before the pool is deployed for use.

    2004 | Publication