CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 02/11/13 -- The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc. (NCSBN®), www.ncsbn.org, marks the milestone of reaching its 35th anniversary this year. Founded March 15, 1978, as an independent not-for-profit organization, NCSBN was created to lessen the burdens of state governments and bring together boards of nursing (BONs) to act and counsel together on matters of common interest.
"We are delighted to celebrate our 35 years of advancing regulatory nursing excellence and rededicate our organization to its ongoing mission of patient safety and public protection," comments NCSBN Board of Directors President Myra A. Broadway, JD, MS, RN, executive director, Maine State Board of Nursing.
NCSBN's membership is comprised of the BONs in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories -- American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands. There are also 12 associate members that are either nursing regulatory bodies or empowered regulatory authorities from other countries or territories. NCSBN Member Boards protect the public by ensuring that safe and competent nursing care is provided by licensed nurses. These BONs regulate more than 3 million licensed nurses, the second largest group of licensed professionals in the U.S.
On behalf of its member boards, NCSBN develops and administers a psychometrically sound and legally defensible nurse licensure examination consistent with current nursing practice. The NCLEX-RN® and NCLEX-PN® Examinations are constantly and rigorously evaluated as part of that process.
A seminal moment in NCSBN history came on April 1, 1994, when NCSBN became the first organization to implement computerized adaptive testing (CAT) for nationwide licensure examination. Since then, more than 3.9 million candidates for nurse licensure have taken the NCLEX® exam via CAT.
The increasingly global nature of the world and influx of internationally educated nurses into U.S. nursing practice led NCSBN to the decision to offer NCLEX testing abroad for the first time in 2005. Since then, more than 100,000 international nurse licensure candidates have taken the NCLEX in the nine countries where it is now offered.
"As the collective voice of nursing regulation in the U.S. and its territories, NCSBN serves its member boards by conducting research on nursing regulatory issues, monitoring trends in public policy, nursing practice and education, while providing opportunities for collaboration among its members and other nursing and health care organizations," remarks Kathy Apple, MS, RN, FAAN, CEO, NCSBN.
In order for nursing regulation to keep pace in an evolving health care environment, NCSBN has adopted numerous position statements, guiding principles and model acts and rules throughout the last 35 years for use by BONs, including its most recent white paper, "A Nurse's Guide to the Use of Social Media." Additionally, "The First 25 Years: 1978-2003," "Nursing Pathways for Patient Safety" and "The Substance Use Disorder in Nursing Manual: A Resource Manual and Guidelines for Alternative and Disciplinary Monitoring Programs" were published in the last five years. In 2010, NCSBN launched the Journal of Nursing Regulation (JNR), the first scholarly journal of its kind examining regulation from a nursing perspective.
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