Guiding Philosophy

The Guiding Nursing Regulation Philosophy and principles were developed from a review of NCSBN’s Regulation 2030  process and other related literature. The philosophy and principles were approved by the NCSBN Board of Directors in July 2022. 

Guiding Principles of Nursing Regulation

Nursing Regulatory Bodies (NRBs) develop policy, design regulation, administer and enforce regulatory law and rules to accomplish their mandates of protecting the safety of the public. To meet this responsibility, the regulatory decisions of the NRBs must be evidence-based, clearly defined, consistent, targeted and proportionate to the level of risk determination. As part of its responsibility to the public, the NRB’s regulatory decisions must also be made in a timely, efficient, effective, and transparent manner while allowing for consistent and comprehensive evaluation of regulatory process and performance.

Guiding Principles of Nursing Regulation

Risk Analysis

Proportional and Appropriately Balanced Regulatory Processes

Evaluating Regulatory Process and Performance

  • NRB develops measures to evaluate process and performance that are evidence-based, proportionate to the level of risk, clearly defined, transparent, triangulated, meaningful, available in real time, reliable, valid, objective, economically feasible to collect, and comprehensive.
  • Resources to achieve this principle in the NRB evaluation include:
    • Sunrise provisions via jurisdiction
    • Sunset review via jurisdiction
    • Regulatory Excellence Accreditation System (in progress)