NCSBN provides several online websites and applications for its members, nurses, nursing candidates and nursing faculty. Many websites are accessible by members only through NCSBN Passport.
NCSBN Passport Websites & Tools
All members will be set up with a Passport account. Passport is NCSBN’s member management system. It provides members access to all NCSBN websites and applications. Members may contact their Passport Administrator to request access to applications. Passport Administrators are responsible for creating, managing and deactivating user accounts. If you do not know who your Passport Administrator is, submit an inquiry. For more information on Passport, view the Passport Guidelines.
NCSBN's official journal, the Journal of Nursing Regulation, is dedicated to advancing regulatory excellence for the public’s protection and providing a worldwide forum for sharing research, evidence-based practice, and innovative strategies and solutions related to nursing regulation and practice, with the ultimate goal of safeguarding the public.
The NCSBN Regulatory Atlas is the first comprehensive resource of nursing regulation around the world. It provides regulatory information for countries around the world, including licensure requirements, levels of nursing and mandatory education.
The International Center for Regulatory Scholarship (ICRS) provides unprecedented opportunities for regulators from diverse jurisdictions to learn, interact and collaborate. The program fosters outstanding leadership development, the acquisition of advanced knowledge and skills, and the generation of regulatory evidence. ICRS promotes collaboration, innovation and new ideas for the protection of the public and the future of professional regulation.
The INRC website is supported by NCSBN and provides an organized space for member and nonmember organizations to find contact information, browse resourcesnews items related to nursing licensure and regulations, and read more about INRC’s mission and foundation.
Member Board Profiles is a comprehensive database which provides detailed information about NCSBN's Member Boards. This data is collected through survey of the 59 Member Boards. The compiled data is available as a complete report or as a customized report via the Member Board Profiles Custom Report Tool.
The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) was created to combat fraud and abuse in health insurance and health care delivery. NCSBN serves as the NPDB reporting and querying agent for many boards of nursing. The exchange of discipline information is facilitated by Nursys, a larger and more extensive licensure and discipline database for nursing.
Previous to May 6, 2013, there were two federal databanks – National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB). On May 6, 2013, NPDB and HIPDB merged into one database, now referred to as NPDB.
NCSBN developed the NCLEX Practice Exam (NPE) to provide a look and feel of the NCLEX exam you will take on your test day. It is comprised of previously used NCLEX exam questions. There are three different NCLEX Practice Exams, an English version for the NCLEX-RN, an English version for the NCLEX-PN and a French version for the NCLEX-RN.
These applications developed by NCSBN simplifies electronic distribution of member meeting materials. The NCSBN Mailing Application for Administrators (NMAA) and the NCSBN Board Mailing Application (NBMA) for desktop are free for member use. NCSBN has used this software internally to provide access to board materials for its board of directors (BOD) and staff since 2009. Members can now utilize these applications to electronically distribute their board and committee materials in the same manner.