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.

  • Nursys 101 - Speed Memo

    Nursys 101 - Speed Memo demonstrates how boards of nursing may securely and quickly communicate about nurse license information using the speed memo feature of Nursys. An authorized Nursys user will be able to communicate with staff in other jurisdictions that share the same license or discipline responsibilities to facilitate communication about data in Nursys. This video highlights the speed memo categories and how to direct your speed memo to another jurisdiction. The video also demonstrates how to search and filter the speed memos and to delete speed memos from the inbox or sent box.

    2019 | Video

  • Nursys 101 - Adding a License

    Nursys 101 - Adding a License demonstrates how to create a new license in Nursys for adding discipline.

    2019 | Video

  • Nursys 101 - Discipline for NLC Jurisdictions

    Nursys 101 - Discipline for NLC Jurisdictions highlights features that support the discipline entry process, which apply to the Nurse Licensure Compact states. Entering Privilege to Practice and apply/extend PTP are detailed with an explanation and demonstration of linked discipline cases.

    2019 | Video

  • 2018 NCSBN Annual Report

    This annual report functions as a formal summary of NCSBN’s performance and activities during fiscal year 2018. NCSBN divides its Annual Report into two parts. The first part includes financial and business information including operating statements and listings of the Board of Directors, committees and staff that follows NCSBN’s fiscal year spanning Oct. 1, 2017 to Sept. 30, 2018. This document is posted here. 

    2018 | Publication

  • The Minimum Proficiency in English for Entry-Level Nurses: TOEFL(TM)

    State boards of nursing are charged with protecting the public through the regulation of nursing in their jurisdiction. One of the ways in which they perform that function is by setting and enforcing prerequisite conditions for getting a license.

    2004 | Publication

  • A Minimum English Proficiency Standard for the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT)

    A research brief highlighting the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®) 2009’s initiative to determine a passing standard for nurses on the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL® iBT).

    2009 | Publication

  • Setting an English Language Proficiency Passing Standard for Entry-Level Nursing Practice Using the Pearson Test of English Academic

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®) conducted a standard-setting study in November 2009 to establish a Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic minimal passing standard, as related to entry-level nursing practice.

    2010 | Publication

  • Investigate Reasons for Non-Licensure of Nursing School Graduates

    This NCSBN led study was designed to investigate the reasons why candidates who complete their nursing education, submit a registration for the NCLEX examination yet never take an NCLEX-RN® or NCLEX-PN® examination.

    2004 | Publication

  • NCLEX Program Reports - Subscription Overview

    Join hundreds of educators across the country who subscribe to NCLEX Program Reports. These reports are the only source for detailed information about your graduates' performance on the NCLEX examinations.


  • 2018 NCLEX Fact Sheet

    Fact sheets provide volume and pass rate data for both U.S. and international candidates. Information is provided for performance on NCSBN's two nurse licensure examinations, the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN. 

    2018 | Publication


    Tool that tracks elements of nursing practice breakdown.


  • Faculty Qualifications Paper

    Faculty Qualifications. 

    2008 | Publication