Resources

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 License Verification

    The Nurse License Verification service enables nurses to verify their license(s) from a Nursys licensure participating nursing regulatory bodies (NRBs) when applying for endorsement into another state. Nurses can verify their licenses by completing the Nursys verification process for $30 per license type, per each NRB where the nurse is applying. The nurse’s license verification is available immediately to the endorsing NRB.

    2018 | Video

  • NCLEX Using CAT

    NCSBN develops two licensure examinations, the NCLEX-PN and the NCLEX-RN, that are used by nursing regulatory bodies to assist in making licensure decisions. The exam uses computer adaptive testing (CAT) to measure the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse. CAT is a method for administering exams that merges computer technology with modern measurement theory to increase the efficiency of the exam process. This video explains why CAT is used for NCLEX and how it works. Topics covered include item selection and pass/fail rules. Find out more about the exam and CAT.

    2012 | Video

  • Why Participate in NCSBN: Piece 5

    2019 Leadership Succession Committee member, Patrica Dufrene, talks about how participating in NCSBN activities has benefited her both personally and professionally.

    2019 | Video

  • Why Participate in NCSBN: Piece 4

    2019 Leadership Succession Committee member, Tracy Rude, talks about how participating in NCSBN activities has benefited her both personally and professionally.

    2019 | Video

  • Why Participate in NCSBN: Piece 3

    2019 Finance Committee member, Shan Montgomery, talks about how participating in NCSBN activities has benefited her both personally and professionally.

    2019 | Video

  • Why Participate in NCSBN: Piece 2

    2019 Leadership Succession Committee member, Susan Odom, talks about how participating in NCSBN activities has benefited her both personally and professionally.

    2019 | Video

  • Criminal Background Checks (CBCs) for Licensure as a Nurse

  • Criminal Background Checks (CBCs) for Licensure as a Nurse

    The purpose of this Standard is to help Nursing Regulatory Bodies (NRBs) to pass legislation consistent with Public Law 92-544 to require a state and federal fingerprint-based CBC. The Standard is written to allow the use of new biometric technologies as they emerge. 

    2015 | Standard

  • Reporting of Disciplinary Actions by Boards of Nursing

  • Reporting of Disciplinary Actions by Boards of Nursing

    The purpose of this Standard is to provide for reporting of disciplinary actions by a board of nursing to a coordinated licensure information system in order to inform other nursing regulatory bodies of the adverse action. 

    2016 | Standard

  • NGN Talks: A Look at the Strategic Practice Analysis & Special Research Section

    This NGN Talk looks at the Strategic Practice Analysis that helped validate the knowledge, skills and abilities required of entry-level RNs, as well as the Special Research Section that has been added to some NCLEX-RN candidate’s exams.

    2019 | Video

  • NLC Toolkit

    Helpful resources related to the original Nurse Licensure Compact.

    Toolkit