Education Papers & Publications

Nursing Education Papers

The following are NCSBN education papers that have been written and approved since 2002, by the NCSBN Board of Directors and all NCSBN voting members at our Delegate Assembly. The papers are listed in the order they were adopted.

  • Policy Brief: Clinical Experiences for Unvaccinated Nursing Students

    To provide guidance to boards of nursing and nursing education programs that are receiving requests from students for alternate clinical experiences when the program’s clinical sites require the COVID-19 vaccine.

    2021  | Papers

  • Policy Brief Dissemination of COVID Information

    To address the misinformation being disseminated about COVID-19 by nurses.For the purposes of this statement, misinformation is defined as distorted facts, inaccurate or misleading information not grounded in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and counter to information being disseminated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    2021  | Papers

  • Policy Brief: U.S. Nursing Leadership Supports Practice/Academic Partnerships to Assist the Nursing Workforce during the COVID-19 Crisis

    This opportunity will not only provide much needed clinical education to assist in meeting program requirements, it is an unparalleled opportunity for nursing students to assist the nation in a time of crisis and learn the principles of population health and emergency management. This academic-practice model demonstrates that in the midst of a periling disruption in the environment, such as COVID-19, continuous innovation can occur

    2021  | Papers

  • A Global Profile of Nursing Regulation, Education, and Practice

    The Global Profile of Nursing Regulation, Education, and Practice is an in-depth analysis of the nursing regulation data collected in NCSBN’s Global Regulatory Atlas. Information on nursing governance, licensure and registration, education, discipline, and practice has been compiled from 320 jurisdictions representing more than 21 million nurses worldwide. This profile presents an analysis of these data at both a global and regional level.

    2020  | Papers

  • Report on BON Approval Survey- 2017

    A survey was disseminated to the BON, inquiring about their approval processes. The attached, contains the weighted average of Questions 1 & 2 along with a summary report.

    2017  | Papers

  • 2016 Nursing Education Trends Committee Report

    NCSBN’s 2015-16 Nursing Education Trends Committee was charged by the Board of Directors to explore and identify trends and issues in the regulatory oversight of nursing education programs. This report summarizes the committee findings and includes the literature review that was developed as a foundation for this work.

    2016  | Papers

  • Preceptor support in hospital transition to practice programs

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

    2015  | Papers

  • Regulatory Implications and Recommendations for Distance Education in Prelicensure Nursing Programs

    Regulatory Implications and Recommendations for Distance Education in Prelicensure Nursing Programs." Description: This article provides the background and related literature findings for the recommendations that NCSBN's Distance Learning Education Committee made for prelicensure nursing programs. These recommendations were adopted at NCSBN's 2014 annual meeting. Further, regulator and educator issues are explored. Five regulatory guidelines are explained, and a timeline for BONs meeting these recommendations is described. Citation: Lower, B. & Spector, N. (2014). Regulatory implications and recommendations for distance education in prelicensure nursing programs. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 5(3), 24-33.

    2014  | Papers

  • White Paper: Nursing Regulation Recommendations for Distance Education

    Background and literature review on the regulation of prelicensure distance education programs; regulatory issues; recommendations for BONs; visual model and timeline for adopting the recommendations.

    2014  | Papers

  • 2012 Prelicensure Nursing Program Approval

    This is Part II of the Nursing Education Committee document, which contains strategies for moving forward on the future of approval of BONs. As part of this work, the committee members hosted a World Cafe' meeting, where the participants dialogued about the alignment of approval, education and accreditation. See the monograph that resulted from that World Cafe' meeting.

    2012  | Papers

  • A Preferred Future for Prelicensure Nursing Program Approval

    NCSBN's Nursing Education Committee wrote a report on the first year of their work in analyzing and making recommendations for the future of approval by Boards of Nursing. This report was approved in May 2011, by NCSBN's Board of Directors.

    2011  | Papers

  • A Nurse's Guide to the Use of Social Media

    NCSBN's Disciplinary Resources Committee studied the increasing use and misuse of social media in health care.

    2011  | Papers

  • 2010 Policy Position Statement

    Position statement on the advancement of Nursing Education. NCSBN's Board of Directors endorses continued learning at all levels of nursing and supports the Tri-Council consensus policy on the advancement of Nursing Education.

    2010  | Papers

  • Innovations in Education Regulation Report

    This report of the Innovations in Education Regulation Committee details the history of the committee and presents the definitions and recommendations; a synopsis of the literature; a full report from the collaborative call held with education leaders; and a discussion of the influences that affect innovations, particularly regulatory influences.

    2009  | Papers

  • Comparison of Tuning Competencies to U.S. National Accepted Competencies

    This paper compares the European Tuning model of nursing education with : AACN's Baccalaureate Essentials; NCLEX Activity Statements; NLN Associate Degree Competencies, and the QSEN Competencies.

    2008  | Papers

  • Transition Evidence Grid

    This report is a companion to the Transition to Practice Report. This is a comprehensive report of all the evidence identified by the Transition to Practice Committee that is relevant to a regulatory transition model. This report was adopted by the May, 2008 NCSBN Board of Directors.

    2008  | Papers

  • Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education

    Gain a better understanding of the requirements for adopting the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation.

    2008  | Papers

  • Faculty Qualifications Paper

    Faculty Qualifications.

    2008  | Papers

  • Transition to Practice Report

    This report is a companion to the Transition Evidence Grid. The report synthesizes all the evidence on transitioning new nurses to practice. It illustrates the importance of formal transition programs in protecting the public, and it provides the data that support the components of the Transition Regulatory Model. This report was adopted by the May, 2008 NCSBN Board of Directors.

    2008  | Papers

  • Medication Assistant-Certified (MA-C) Curriculum - 2-page instructor’s Quick Reference to the Curriculum

    Document for assessing whether students have mastered the major areas of content. Each module contains recommended didactic and skills hours, as well as objectives, a content outline, evaluation criteria, and suggested references.

    2007  | Papers

  • Medication Assistant-Certified (MA-C) Curriculum

    The Medication Assistant Curriculum was adopted by the 2007 Delegate Assembly for those boards that regulate medication assistants. The curriculum includes a preamble that explains the use of the curriculum, the background of its development, recommended hours of training and admission requirements, and defines the terms being used. The curriculum itself includes 5 didactic modules in medication fundamentals, safety, communication and documentation, medication administration, and ethical legal, along with a clinical practicum module.

    2007  | Papers

  • 2007 Core Competencies Paper

    NCSBN surveyed Boards of Nursing to see which jurisdictions have core curricula, and these are outlined in this document. This document also contains a list of nursing program definitions by the education consultants of Boards of Nursing (such as one-plus-one, PN Exit, generalist, etc) because the terminology has become confusing.

    2007  | Papers

  • The Evidence-based Nursing Education for Regulation (EBNER) report

    This report was written after 4 years of work identifying evidence-based nursing education strategies that are essential for preparing new nurses for safe entry-level practice. These recommendations are based on a systematic review of outcomes research in nursing education, as well as NCSBN's own education studies. Adopted August, 2006.

    2006  | Papers

  • Clinical Instruction in Prelicensure Nursing Programs

    NCSBN's membership takes the position that all prelicensure students should have supervised, clinical experiences with actual patients, at the level of licensure to which they are seeking. This paper provides the background and evidence for that decision.

    2005  | Papers

  • Practical Nurse Scope of Practice White Paper

    This paper was written after NCSBN brought in a focus group of LPN/VN experts from around the country. The paper reviews the rich discussion that took place at the focus group, presents internal and external research findings of the PN scope of practice, and reviews surveys that were sent to boards of nursing and external PN groups. The paper makes six recommendations. Adopted August, 2005.

    2005  | Papers

  • Systematic Review of Studies on Nursing Education Outcomes: An Evolving Review

    This paper critically reviews the available research on methodologies used to educate nurses, particularly looking at those studies that identify outcomes. Specified criteria were used for selecting the studies, and each study was reviewed with regard to: sample, comparison studied, procedures, key results, strengths and weaknesses, and implications for boards of nursing. Adopted August, 2005.

    2005  | Papers

  • White Paper on the State of the Art of Approval/Accreditation Processes in Boards of Nursing

    This paper reviews the history of approval/accreditation in the U.S. as well as the international view of the regulation of nursing programs. The six models used by the U.S. boards of nursing to approve/accredit nursing programs are identified, recommendations are made, and future trends are identified. Adopted August, 2004

    2004  | Papers

Nursing Education Publications

The following is a list of articles and book chapters written by NCSBN staff and members found in NCSBN's journal and other journals and books.

  • Assessing the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Nursing Education: A National Study of Prelicensure RN Programs

    This is a mixed-methods, longitudinal study of prelicensure RN student experiences during the pandemic (Fall of 2020-Spring of 2022).

    2023  | Research Item

  • Applying Principles of a Fair and Just Culture to a Student Scenario

    This article highlights establishing a just culture in schools of nursing.

    2023  | Research Item

  • Nursing Student Errors and Near Misses: Three Years of Data

    This 3-year study in more than 200 nursing programs in the U.S. investigates the errors and near misses that occur during clinical experiences.

    2023  | Research Item

  • A New Framework for Practice–Academic Partnerships During the Pandemic—and into the Future

    This chapter highlights the current status of transition-to-practice programs, both for RNs and APRNs.

    2021  | Research Item

  • NCSBN Regulatory Guidelines and Evidence-Based Quality Indicators for Nursing Education Programs

    From the Journal of Nursing Regulation July 2020 special supplement issue, NCSBN presents evidence-based regulatory guidelines and quality indicators for nursing programs.

    2021  | Research Item

  • Board of Nursing Approval of Registered Nurse Education Programs

    Read about the current status of the regulatory approval of nursing education programs in the United States. What are the challenges and opportunities for the future of program approval?

    2018  | Research Item

  • A Multisite Study on a New Graduate Registered Nurse Transition to Practice Program: Return on Investment

    The findings of this study show a positive return on investment and provide additional evidence to support the business case for implementing a transition to practice (TTP) program in hospitals to decrease new graduate registered nurses (NGRN) turnover. Additionally, the results suggest the immediate investment in a NGRN TTP program has a financial benefit that accrues relatively quickly due to higher nurse retention rates.

    2017  | Research Item

  • Newly Licensed RN retention: Hospital and Nurse Characteristics

    Newly licensed RN retention: hospital and nurse characteristics.

    2017  | Research Item

  • Transition to Practice in Nonhospital Settings

    A survey conducted in 2001, and replicated in 2003 with the same results, found that fewer than 50% of employers thought newly licensed nurses were safe and effective in practice. These findings caused concern for boards of nursing, so in 2002 the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) began to examine transition to practice (TTP) in nursing, developing an evidence-based model program and studying its effectiveness in hospital and nonhospital settings. After completion of the TTP study in hospitals with registered nurses (RNs) published earlier in 2015, a study was conducted in nonhospital facilities with RNs and licensed practical nurses to determine if NCSBN’s TTP program could be used effectively across settings. Sites volunteering to participate, however, faced many challenges while the study was underway. This article presents the TTP program, study design, challenges faced by nonhospital sites trying to implement a TTP program, and limited findings

    2015  | Research Item

  • Transition to Practice Study in Hospital Settings

    This multisite study of transition to practice included 105 hospitals in three states. Hospitals volunteered to participate and were randomly assigned to either the study group or the control group, and all new graduate registered nurses hired between July 1 and September 30, 2011, were invited to participate. The study hospitals adopted the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s Transition to Practice model program; control hospitals continued using their existing onboarding programs, which ranged from simple orientation procedures to structured transition programs with preceptorships. The new graduate nurses who volunteered for the transition to practice study (n = 1,088) filled out surveys at baseline, 6, 9, and 12 months after beginning their first nursing position. Competence was reported by both the new nurses and their preceptors. New nurse self-reported data included the number of errors, safety practices, work stress, and job satisfaction. The hospitals provided retention data on the all the new graduates hired during the study period. Though the results showed few statistically significant differences between the two groups, when the hospitals in the control group were categorized as having established or limited programs, differences were detected. Hospitals using established programs had higher retention rates, and the nurses in these programs reported fewer patient care errors, employed fewer negative safety practices, and had higher competency levels, lower stress levels, and better job satisfaction. Structured transition programs that included at least six of the following elements were found to provide better support for newly graduated RNs: patient-centered care, communication and teamwork, quality improvement, evidence-based practice, informatics, safety, clinical reasoning, feedback, reflection, and specialty knowledge in an area of practice.

    2015  | Research Item

  • Preceptor Support in Hospital Transition to Practice Programs

    The aim of this study was to describe newly licensed RN (NLRN) preceptorships and the effects on competency and retention.

    2015  | Research Item

  • 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: SimulationSM, 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  | Research Item

  • 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  | Research Item

  • A Collaborative Model for Approval of Prelicensure Nursing Programs

    Currently, boards of nursing (BONs) use seven different models for approving nursing programs, and nursing education rules and regulations in BONs are not consistent across jurisdictions.  In 2010, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s (NCSBN) Board of Directors convened a committee to assess the state of prelicensure nursing program approval in BONs and to make recommendations to the NCSBN’s board based on current and future needs.  This article describes the committee’s collaborative engagement with national accreditors and the recommendations that resulted.

    2013  | Research Item

  • New Graduate Transition into Practice: Improving Quality and Safety (Chapter)

    There is evidence linking improved patient care to standardized transition to practice programs in the areas of safety, competence, and retention.  This chapter explores that evidence, presents a standardized model as a solution, and gives examples of transition program models, as well as an overview of NCSBN’s Transition to Practice model.

    2012  | Research Item

  • Guidelines for Using Electronic and Social Media: The Regulatory Perspective

    Social media can be a very effective way of communicating in nursing, but guidelines for appropriate use by healthcare providers are essential. This article briefly introduces the phenomenon of social media and introduces three actual scenarios where nurses unintentionally violated appropriate use of social media in healthcare. The scenarios are discussed related to social media, career, concerns, and nursing regulation. Incorporating these and other examples with data from board of nursing cases, the nature of complaints against nurses is explored as well as common myths and misunderstandings about using social media platforms. Guidelines for appropriate use by nurses and available resources to inform policy are highlighted. Next steps in social media in nursing should include development of organizational level policies and educational programs on the use of social media.

    2012  | Research Item

  • What Nurse Educators Should Consider When Developing Social Media Policies

    Social media offers many opportunities to promote student engagement and interactivity; however, student nurses must be instructed in the appropriate use of this tool.  It is important for nursing programs to develop sound policies related to social media.  This article suggests social media policy guidelines and presents several tools for nurse educators to utilize while implementing their own policies.

    2012  | Research Item

  • The Initiative to Advance Innovations in Nursing Education: Three Years Later

    Calls for innovation in nursing education have been prevalent in recent years.  In 2009, the Innovations in Education Regulation Committee, convened by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), worked collaboratively with other stakeholders to identify perceived and real barriers to innovation in nursing education and proposed model rules and statute language that boards of nursing could adapt to foster innovations in their state’s nursing programs.  The model language was unanimously adopted by NCSBN’s Member Boards.  Since then, NCSBN has conducted three surveys to determine the impact of NCSBN’s initiative as well as the state of innovations in nursing education.  Following a review of the committee’s work, this article presents survey data on innovation in nursing education over the last 3 years.

    2012  | Research Item

  • Quality of Care and Patient Safety: The Evidence for Transition-to-Practice Programs (Chapter 3)

    This article discusses the importance of developing a national, standardized program, implemented through regulation, for transitioning all newly licensed nursing graduates to practice. The background for establishing this evidence-based model in the context of today’s health-care arena is presented. A model for transition and the supporting evidence are described.

    2011  | Research Item

  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing's Transition-To-Practice Regulatory Model (Chapter 10)

    This chapter gives an overview of NCSBN’s Transition to Practice model.

    2011  | Research Item

  • Nurses and Social Media: Regulatory Concerns and Guidelines

    This article describes the professional, ethical, and legal implications of using social media inappropriately and provides guidelines from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for using them appropriately.     

    2011  | Research Item

  • Are We Pushing Graduate Nurses Too Fast? Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Mortality and Morbidity Rounds

    How do newly licensed RNs transition from an educational environment to practice to assure safe patient care?  This article examines a case study that highlights this issue, and discusses indicators that support a standardized transition to practice program for all newly licensed nurses.

    2011  | Research Item

  • Evidence-Based Nursing Regulation: A Challenge For Regulators

    These are complex times for regulators on nursing boards, particularly in three areas.  First, they must stay abreast of emerging practice issues emanating from technological advances, systems thinking, a more diverse patient population living longer with multiple chronic illnesses, and a national focus on patient safety and error prevention.  Second, there has been a national call for the transformation of nursing education, and nursing boards are seeing increasing numbers of substandard or fraudulent nursing education programs.  This adds to the boards’ workload.  Third, disciplinary activity involving nurses has increased during the last 10 years, forcing regulations to stay on their toes regarding disciplinary action and investigation.  In this challenging climate, the time is ripe to focus on evidence-based regulation as a strategy for making quality decisions related to regulation.

    2010  | Research Item

  • A Regulatory Model for Transitioning Newly Licensed Nurses to Practice

    This article discusses the importance of developing a national, standardized program, implemented through regulation, for transitioning all newly licensed nursing graduates to practice.

    2010  | Research Item

  • Use of Simulation in Nursing Education: National Survey Results

    While simulation 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 the National Council of State Boards of Nursing of 11,060 pre-licensure nursing programs in the United States as a means of describing use of simulation.  

    2010  | Research Item

  • Transition to Practice: Improving Patient Outcomes

    This chapter examines the evidence that a standardized transition program for new graduate nurses has a positive impact on patient safety.

    2009  | Research Item

  • Regulatory Recommendations for nursing faculty qualifications

    The NCSBN Board of Directors charged an NCSBN committee with reviewing and presenting recommendations for future faculty qualifications and roles.

    2009  | Research Item

  • Approval: National Council of State Boards of Nursing

    This chapter takes the reader through the inception and process of professional regulation, highlighting distinctions and overlap between accreditation and approval.  Rationale and preparation for site visits are detailed, along with the recently written Model Nursing Practice Act.

    2009  | Research Item

  • A Transition To Practice Regulatory Model: Changing the Nursing Paradigm

    This article discusses the factors that inspired a call for an evidence-based regulatory model for transitioning new nurses to practice, and gives an overview of the Transition to Practice model being developed by NCSBN.

    2009  | Research Item

  • Interprofessional collaboration: A nursing perspective. (Chapter 6)

    The book addresses the importance of interprofessional collaboration, while this chapter presents interprofessional collaboration from a nursing standpoint.  While this may seem counterintuitive, it is understood that each discipline approaches collaboration from its own perspective, and understanding these perspectives is crucial to the success of interprofessional collaboration.

    2009  | Research Item

  • Regulation Fosters Innovations in Nursing Education

    Because of the complexities in nursing and healthcare delivery and a national focus on patient safety, there has been a call across nursing organizations and healthcare organizations for more innovation in nursing and healthcare education.  The National Council of State Boards of Nursing held an invitational roundtable, involving representatives from nursing education organizations, boards of nursing, the American Nurses Association, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Topics of discussion included the meaning and implications of innovation in nursing education, perceived barriers to innovation, and the future of innovation.  This article summarizes the outcomes of the roundtable’s discussion.

    2009  | Research Item

  • Clinical Education and Regulation (Chapter)

    This chapter explores in detail the regulatory perspective on clinical education in nursing and why boards of nursing take the position that nursing programs need to provide supervised clinical experiences for their students.  Some of the myths about regulatory barriers are dispelled, and some of the differences among boards are discussed.  Current issues, such as the regulatory perspective on simulation in prelicensure programs and the use of exit exams are also explored.  The importance of the collaboration between education, practice and regulation is integrated throughout.

    2009  | Research Item

  • Development of a standardized medication assistant curriculum

    The National Council State Boards of Nursing took the position in their 2004 Model Nursing Practice Act and Model Administrative Rules, Article XVIII, Chapter 18, that if jurisdictions use medication assistants, they should be regulated by Boards of Nursing.

    2007  | Research Item

  • A Regulatory Model on Transitioning Nurses from Education to practice

    NCSBN data show that most employers reported that new graduates were not prepared to provide safe and effective care. Although educators may argue that employers are expecting too much from new graduates, this evidence supports that the gap between education and practice still exists.

    2007  | Research Item

  • Exit Exams: A regulatory perspective

    A significant role for most state boards of nursing, whose mission is to protect the public, is the approval of nursing education programs in their state. As part of this process, many of the state boards review their schools’ annual pass rates of first-time NCLEX-RN candidates and compare these percentages to state regulations. Schools whose pass rates fall below the state standard risk losing the approval of their state board of nursing.

    2006  | Research Item

  • Evidence-Based Health Care Seen from Four Points of View (Chapter 22)

    Evidence-based health care (EBHC) and its approach to the practice of medicine has gained considerable acceptance among health care professionals. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) advocates integration of the principles of evidence-based medicine (EBM) into undergraduate training. Promoted as a tool to further learning by inquiry, to steer clear of opinion-based medicine (Sackett et al., 2000), and to help students at all levels of training to assess conscientiously the current best evidence, an increasing number of medical schools in the United States have incorporated it into their curriculum.

    2006  | Research Item

  • Evidence-Based Nursing Education for Regulation

    Since Boards of Nursing are mandated to approve nursing programs, the boards are interested in knowing the evidence-based elements of nursing education that are essential for preparing new nurses for safe entry-level practice.

    2006  | Research Item

  • Worldviews in collision: Conflict and collaboration across professional lines

    The process of providing health services in hospitals is inherently interdisciplinary; many of the challenges to enhancing quality and safety involve the human aspects of this interdisciplinary system. Each of the major disciplines—physicians, nurses, allied health providers, and health administrators—represent qualitatively distinct sets of goals and professional values, influencing not only current behavior but also who chooses these roles in the first place.

    2006  | Research Item

  • NCSBN takes a stand on clinical prelicensure experiences

    Recent discussion at the boards of nursing has focused on whether nursing programs leading to initial licensure can successfully educate nurses with alternative methodologies that take the place of traditional clinical experiences. Programs are asking for education rules addressing faculty qualifications to be waived and are developing programs with only limited clinical experiences with actual patients.

    2006  | Research Item

  • Focus group on licensed practical nurse scope of practice at NCSBN

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing convened a focus group to discuss the findings of the 2003 Licensed Practical Nurse/Vocational Nurse (LPN/VN) practice analysis and to make recommendations to the NCSBN board of directors.

    2005  | Research Item

  • Global initiatives in regulation at NCSBN

    Recognizing the importance of the global perspective in regulation the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) developed as one of its 6 strategic initiatives the following: “Advance NCSBN as a key partner in nursing and healthcare regulation in the U.S. and internationally.” There are several objectives in place to meet this initiative.

    2005  | Research Item

  • Regulations, Licensure and Policy Breakout Session

    The challenge to regulatory boards has always been maintaining the balance between an individual's desire to practice a chosen profession and the board's responsibility to protect the public from unsafe practitioners. Reasonable people can differ in how best to protect the public. And our boards vary in their approaches to a number of issues. I think many regulators recognize that providing access to nursing care is part of protecting the public.

    2004  | Research Item

  • Ethics in practice: NCLEX results to disclose or not disclose

    Individuals and organizations involved in nursing regulation, education, and practice can effectively increase their influence related to nursing regulation and improving health care in several ways.

    2004  | Research Item

  • A primer: The national council of state boards of nursing nurse licensure compact

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing began exploring the mutual recognition model of nurse licensure. This model, which NCSBN called the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), allows a nurse to have one license and to practice in other states as long as that nurse acknowledges that he or she is subject to each state’s practice laws and discipline.

    2004  | Research Item

  • Building a sphere of influence

    Individuals and organizations involved in nursing regulation, education, and practice can effectively increase their influence related to nursing regulation and improving health care in several ways.

    2004  | Research Item

  • Report of Findings Exploring the Value of Continuing Education Mandates (Vol. 6)

    Establishment of a link between mandatory continuing education (CE) and the development of professional competence has been deemed crucial to future decision-making about the best methods of assuring the continued competence of health care practitioners. The NCSBN) Research department developed a research study to explore that issue. This report presents the results from registered nurse (RN) and licensed practical/vocational nurse (LPN/VN) study respondents. The study was conducted May through August of 2002.

    2003  | Research Item

  • Report of Findings from the 2002 RN Practice Analysis (Vol. 10)

    This practice analysis describes and compares the practice characteristics and activities of newly licensed registered nurses (RNs). The empirical findings were used to evaluate the 2004 NCLEX-RN Test Plan. (© 2003)

    2003  | Research Item

  • Report of Findings from the 2001 RN Practice Analysis Update (Vol. 1)

    The purpose of this study is discovery of any potential differences between the entry-level practices of graduates of associate degree and baccalaureate degree RN educational programs (© 2002).

    2002  | Research Item

  • Report of Findings from the 2001 Employers Survey (Vol. 3)

    Empiric evidence from the NCSBN RN practice analyses has demonstrated that associate degree and baccalaureate degree graduates are hired into the same types of positions and perform the same tasks within their first six months of practice; however, the employers of entry-level nurses have not been systematically surveyed about their actual hiring and employment practices. This survey addressed those practices and also asked employers to rate new RNs and LPNs on their preparation for various practice tasks.

    2002  | Research Item

  • Report of Findings from the Practice and Professional Issues Survey (Vol. 2)

    The purpose of this study is discovery of any potential differences between the entry-level practices of graduates of associate degree and baccalaureate degree RN educational programs (© 2002).

    2002  | Research Item