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.

Knowledge Network
  • To the Capitol and Beyond! Taking Policy Risks

    2022  | Event Presentation

  • Communication in a Crisis

    2022  | Event Presentation

  • 2022 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.

    2022  | Publications

  • 2022 NCLEX Pass Rates

    Summary data for multiple categories of candidates, U.S. and international, is provided for performance on NCSBN's two nurse licensure examinations, the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN. 

    2022  | Publications

  • In Focus 2022, Vol. 3

    • “You Feel That What You’re Doing Matters”: NCSBN’s CRE grants advance the science of nursing policy and regulation. Researchers share their experiences.
    • Motivated for the Future: A Seasoned Clinician and Educator Finds Support and Inspiration in NCSBN’s International Center for Regulatory Scholarship Certificate Program
    • Pathways to Leadership: Mentor Impact on My Leadership Journey
    • Compacts Update

    2022  | Magazines

  • Helpful Tips for Nursing Graduates

    October 18, 2022

    2022  | Recorded Webinar

  • Nurse Practice Act Toolkit

    All states and territories legislated a nurse practice act (NPA) which establishes a board of nursing (BON) with the authority to develop administrative rules or regulations to clarify or make the law more specific. Rules and regulations must be consistent with the NPA and cannot go beyond it. These rules and regulations undergo a process of public review before enactment. Once enacted, rules and regulations have the full force and effect of law.

    2022  | Toolkit

  • Executive Officer (EO) Succession Planning Toolkit 

    The intention of the toolkit is to provide a starting point for conversation and assessment between the NRB and its EO. EOs, presidents and members all have different comfort levels and different relationships depending on the individuals involved. EOs leave for a variety of reasons – planned retirement, career change and even involuntary separation. NRBs obviously have different structures that may provide limitations in notice; differing state hiring processes; varying restrictions regarding input into job descriptions, performance evaluations and feedback; and constraints on who participates in the selection process. Each of these factors should be considered when drafting the short-term and long-term succession plans.

    2022  | Toolkit

  • North Carolina Dental Guidance Toolkit 

    In 2015, the Supreme Court issued a decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission that re-examined the State Action Doctrine and its relationship to state regulatory boards. Following the decision, various national and state lawmakers, stakeholder groups, and regulatory boards took actions that may impact boards of nursing. In an effort to educate and inform boards of nursing about the court’s decision, resulting actions, and ongoing discussions, NCSBN’s NC Dental Toolkit has been created. Please use this toolkit to reach these materials.

    2022  | Toolkit

  • Innovations in Nursing Education

    NCSBN has adopted the nursing regulatory body model rules for fostering innovation in nursing education. The toolkit below provides links to these model rules and also describes regulatory influences on innovation, myths and realities about regulatory barriers, recommendations for boards of nursing.

    2022  | Toolkit

  • Criminal Background Check Resources 

    Boards of nursing (BONs) protect the public by conducting criminal background checks (CBCs) at the time of licensure. CBCs may be conducted at the state or federal level, and may be based on name, social security number, fingerprints or by another state-specific method. NCSBN has launched the state and federal fingerprint-based CBC Call to Action initiative to promote uniformity across all states.

    2022  | Toolkit

  • NLC Toolkit

    Build your knowledge about NLC and key topics necessary to successfully implement NLC in your board. Learning Objectives 1. Explain how the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) benefits patients, nurses and boards of nursing (BON). 2. Explain the key aspects of the NLC and multistate licensure. 3. Describe the Interstate Commission and its role in administering the NLC.

    2022  | Toolkit