National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is an independent, not-for-profit organization through which boards of nursing act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concern affecting public health, safety and welfare, including the development of nursing licensure examinations.

NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN Examinations developed and administered by NCSBN are constantly and rigorously evaluated to keep pace with the rapidly evolving health care environment.
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  • Posted: 8/26/2015

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), met in Chicago, Aug. 19-21, 2015, to consider pertinent association business with its member boards of nursing. There were 54 member boards represented by delegates.

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  • Posted: 8/26/2015

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) elected new members to its Board of Directors (BOD) during its 2015 Delegate Assembly. 

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  • Posted: 8/25/2015

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) inducted its ninth group of Fellows of the NCSBN Institute of Regulatory Excellence (IRE) during the NCSBN Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly in Chicago Aug. 19-21, 2015. 

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  • Posted: 8/25/2015

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc. recognized its dedicated and exceptional membership and guests at its annual awards ceremony on Aug. 20, 2015, during the NCSBN Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly, held in Chicago, Aug. 19-21, 2015.

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  • Posted: 8/13/2015

    National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) NCSBN 001-2015 Criminal Background Checks for Licensure as a Nurse (new standard) was accepted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Board of Standards Review.

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  • Registration Open for 2015 NCSBN Annual Meeting Webcast
    Posted: 8/4/2015

    The 2015 NCSBN Annual Meeting will take place August 19-21 in Chicago, IL. A webcast of the meeting is available for members who are unable to attend in person. Register for the webcast to receive sign in information. This webcast is available to members and associate members only.

  • Posted: 8/3/2015

    NCSBN CEO Kathy Apple MS, RN, FAAN, will be presented with the NLN President’s Award by NLN president Marsha Howell Adams, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, ANEF, at the opening session of the NLN Education Summit on Sept. 30, 2015.

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  • Posted: 7/7/2015

    Approximately 260,000 nurses in the U.S. will receive a survey from National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and The National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers in the month of July. 

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  • Posted: 6/29/2015

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Board of Directors has named David Benton, RGN, RMN, BSc, M Phil, PhD, FFNF, FRCN, to succeed retiring CEO Kathy Apple. Benton assumes duties as CEO on Oct. 1, 2015.

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  • Delegate Orientation Course Updated
    Posted: 6/22/2015

    NCSBN's course for members, Delegate Orientation, has recently been updated for 2015 and is available for registration. Members will get an overview and understanding of the NCSBN Delegate Assembly. This course is free for members.

    Register today.

  • “Addressing Adverse Events: A Shared Responsibility” Video Released
    Posted: 6/19/2015

    NCSBN has released a video demonstrating how its Adverse Events Decision Pathway can help determine if a nurse's behavior warrants filing a complaint with the state regulatory board. By reporting the unsafe practice, nurses can undergo the remediation they need; and, ultimately, the public is protected.

    Watch the video now.

  • New Versions of NCSBN Reviews for the NCLEX Now Available
    Posted: 5/28/2015

    New and improved versions of NCSBN Reviews for the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN are now available at learningext.com. These new versions include some new helper boxes and questions.

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  • Posted: 5/15/2015

    National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), in partnership with The National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers, will launch the only national-level survey specifically focused on the U.S. nursing workforce in June.

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  • Posted: 5/13/2015

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc. will recognize its dedicated and exceptional membership and guests at its annual awards ceremony on Aug. 20, 2015, during the NCSBN Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly, held in Chicago, Aug. 19-21, 2015.

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  • Posted: 5/4/2015

    A special Delegate Assembly of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®) today approved the revised Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) and the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact (APRNC).

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  • Posted: 4/10/2015

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) NCLEX-RN Examination reached the milestone of testing more than 1,000 Canadian students and graduates, and international applicants for licensure/registration.

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  • 2015 NCLEX Conference
    Posted: 4/1/2015
    Registration is now open for the 2015 NCLEX Conference; a one-day educational conference that provides current NCLEX program updates offered by the experts that develop and administer the NCLEX. The conference will be held on Sept. 21, 2015 in Portland, Ore. Please see the brochure for more details.
  • 2014 RN Practice Analysis Now Available!
    Posted: 3/6/2015

    The 2014 RN Practice Analysis is now available for review. The report contains an analysis of entry-level practice in both the U.S. and Canada. Overall, the findings reflect the continued congruency of entry-level nursing practice in the U.S. and Canada and support the use of the NCLEX for licensure/registration decisions in both countries.

  • Posted: 3/5/2015

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and the Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators (NLCA) are pleased to announce that Montana has passed legislation to join the NLC, which was signed into law by Governor Steve Bullock. The state will now begin the rulemaking process to work toward implementation on Oct. 1, 2015.

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  • CE Course Update Available
    Posted: 2/18/2015

    Just updated! A revised online CE course for faculty is now available at NCSBN Learning Extension! Understanding the NCLEX - A Guide for Nursing Educators now includes information for nursing educators in the U.S. and Canada. 

  • Posted: 2/9/2015

    NCSBN gets more “social” with the launch of a new Twitter account to enable individuals who are interested in learning more about the work of the organization as well as services and resources it provides to receive the most up-to-date information quickly and easily.

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  • Posted: 1/22/2015

    After 14 years of distinguished service as the CEO of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), Kathy Apple, MS, RN, FAAN, has announced her retirement effective Sept. 30, 2015.

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  • Posted: 1/22/2015

    The NCSBN Center for Regulatory Excellence Grant Program recently awarded grants totaling more than $1.2 million to four U.S. organizations and one international organization. Since the grant program began in 2007, it has awarded more than $11 million in grant funding.

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  • Nominate a Member for an NCSBN Award
    Posted: 1/12/2015

     The NCSBN Awards program is an excellent opportunity to honor the achievements of NCSBN member boards and associate members. We encourage all members to nominate themselves and their peers. Members can submit nominations beginning from now through March 2, 2015. Learn more about the NCSBN Awards program.

  • NCSBN 101 Course Updated
    Posted: 12/12/2014
    NCSBN's course for members, NCSBN 101, has recently been updated for 2015 and is available for registration. Members will get a comprehensive overview of the NCSBN organization and learn about opportunities for member involvement. This course is free for members. 4.8 Contact Hours awarded upon successful completion. Register Today.
  • New NCLEX Identification Policy Updates
    Posted: 12/4/2014

    NCSBN is excited to welcome the participating Canadian Regulatory Bodies to the NCLEX. With growth comes the need for a new policy to maintain high-level security standards for the NCLEX. Therefore, we have developed new identification requirements for candidates testing at domestic versus international Pearson Professional Centers. 

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  • Apply now! Exams Summer Internship Program
    Posted: 12/3/2014

    The NCSBN Examinations Department is now accepting applications for the 2015 Summer Internship Program. One advanced doctoral student in educational measurement or a related field will have the opportunity to gain experience working on issues related to CAT, and licensure and certification exams. Please see the application for details.

  • New Versions of NCSBN Reviews for the NCLEX Now Available
    Posted: 11/18/2014

    New and improved versions of NCSBN Reviews for the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN are now available at learningext.com. These new versions contain more multiple-response (SATA) questions, updated content and updated questions.

    Don't wait, sign up today!

  • Posted: 10/22/2014

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) will open NCLEX-RN Examination registration on Nov. 3, 2014 for Canadian students and graduates ...

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  • Posted: 10/21/2014

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has launched a completely redesigned www.ncsbn.org, which features engaging graphics and enhanced navigation designed to improve the visitor experience.

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  • Posted: 9/2/2014

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) met in Chicago, Aug. 13-15, 2014, to consider pertinent association business with its member boards of nursing. There were 58 member boards represented by delegates. 

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  • Posted: 8/29/2014

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) announces its endorsement of H.R. 5380, the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act, introduced July 31, 2014, by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA).

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  • Posted: 8/21/2014

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has released the findings of its award-winning research, “The NCSBN National Simulation Study: A Longitudinal, Randomized, Controlled Study Replacing Clinical Hours with Simulation in Prelicensure Nursing Education.”

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  • Posted: 8/19/2014

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc. (NCSBN) recognized its dedicated and exceptional membership and guests at its annual awards ceremony during the NCSBN Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly, held in Chicago on Aug. 14, 2014.

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  • Posted: 8/19/2014

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) passed a resolution affirming its commitment to facilitating interstate practice at its Delegate Assembly and Annual Meeting held in Chicago, Aug. 13-15, 2014.

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  • Posted: 8/19/2014

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) inducted its eighth group of Fellows of the NCSBN Institute of Regulatory Excellence (IRE) during the NCSBN Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly in Chicago Aug. 13-15, 2014.

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  • Posted: 8/18/2014

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) elected new members to its Board of Directors (BOD) during its 2014 Delegate Assembly.

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  • Posted: 8/11/2014

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s (NCSBN) study, “The NCSBN National Simulation Study: A Longitudinal, Randomized, Controlled Study Replacing Clinical Hours with Simulation in Prelicensure Nursing Education,” is the recipient of two awards honoring its contributions to the body of nursing knowledge.

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  • Posted: 8/6/2014

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Board of Directors has approved a revised definition of the entry-level nurse in the NCLEX environment, which was the result of analysis leading to the question of what constitutes the length of the entry-level period. 

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  • Posted: 7/21/2014

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) will now provide automatic licensure, discipline and publicly available notifications quickly, easily, securely and free of charge to institutions that employ nurses or maintain a registry of nurses through Nursys e-Notify.

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  • Posted: 7/9/2014

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has launched the “Professional Boundaries in Nursing” video to explain the continuum of professional behavior and the consequences of boundary crossings, boundary violations and professional sexual misconduct.

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  • Posted: 6/23/2014

    NCSBN recently added to its body of research with the publication of two new research briefs.

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  • Posted: 5/29/2014

    NCSBN will recognize its dedicated and exceptional membership and guests at its annual awards ceremony during the NCSBN Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly, to be held in Chicago, Aug. 13-15, 2014.

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  • Posted: 4/7/2014

    An historic meeting of the governing boards of the three organizations representing the state boards that license physicians, nurses and pharmacists occurred recently in Dallas.

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  • Posted: 4/1/2014

    April 1 marks the 20th anniversary of the first National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) NCLEX Examination administered via computerized adaptive testing (CAT).

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