To support our vision of leading in nursing regulation, NCSBN produces innovative materials and initiatives to support boards of nursing (BON) in their roles of regulating nursing practice. We address practice topics with the intent to provide evidence-based resources to guide regulatory decisions. NCSBN staff also collaborates with professional nursing organizations and participates in national nursing practice meetings and initiatives.

NCSBN offers a series of webinars covering a range of topics related to practice and regulation. Experts from the nursing practice community and from regulation collaborate with NCSBN in developing and presenting the information to member board participants. 

Papers & Research Projects

APRNs in the U.S.

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are registered nurses educated at Masters or post Masters level and in a specific role and patient population. APRNs are prepared by education and certification to assess, diagnose, manage patient problems, order tests, and prescribe medications. NCSBN supports an initiative to assist states in aligning their APRN regulation with the major elements of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation. The Consensus Model provides guidance for states to adopt uniformity in the regulation of APRN roles.


Nurses at all levels frequently question, “What tasks can I delegate to other members of my health care team?” NCSBN has developed position papers on delegation and working with others.

Social Media in Nursing Practice

The use of social media has grown exponentially, bringing questions about its proper use in health care and nursing practice. NCSBN has developed standardized guidelines for nurses and employers on responsible use of social media.

Substance Use Disorder in Nursing

An extensive body of scientific evidence shows that approaching substance use disorders as treatable illnesses is extremely effective for the individual using substances, as well as for society. The Substance Use Disorder Video tackles one of the most serious problems facing nursing today. The video provides a comprehensive look at the issue of substance use disorder. Other NCSBN Substance Use Disorder Resources are available at no cost.