Consistent with its push toward conducting ground-breaking research designed to make significant contributions to the science of nursing regulation, NCSBN is currently conducting two innovative, longitudinal studies. The NCSBN Transition to Practice Study is a multistate study that will evaluate safety and quality outcomes in nurse transition to practice programs. The landmark, multisite NCSBN National Simulation Study examines the use of simulation in prelicensure nursing programs.
Another innovative NCSBN offering is Learning Extension, through its campus located at learningext.com. Since its inception in 1998, the Learning Extension has reached more than 257,000 users in 120 countries. The course catalog of 40 courses covers a range of subjects, including continuing education courses for nurses, preparatory courses for licensure exam candidates, and item writing and test development courses for nursing faculty.
NCSBN is also spearheading a national campaign to promote adoption of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education, which formulates national standards for uniform regulation of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). One of the components of this was a consumer education piece designed to explain that BONs are working toward the goal of more APRN licensure uniformity across the country to continue to keep the public safe as health care reform advances. The centerpiece was a 30-second television spot that was produced in conjunction with the CBS Community Partnership Program. This followed on the heels of another successful television commercial that introduced consumers to the work of boards of nursing in the U.S.
NCSBN works collaboratively with other nursing and health care organizations, as well as local, state, national and international government agencies, aiming toward realizing its vision of building regulatory expertise worldwide.
In 2008 NCSBN welcomed its first international associate member; the organization now counts 12 associate members among its ranks. This membership category is designed to provide a forum by which nursing regulatory bodies from around the globe can join in a dialogue regarding issues of common concern. Additionally, all members are able to share information and knowledge in a multicultural exchange of thoughts and ideas.
Two years ago, NCSBN brought together seven nursing regulatory organizations from around the world to sign a "Memorandum of Understanding." The unique relationship between these organizations provides the opportunity to learn from, share with, and assist each other with individual and mutual goals.
The anniversary theme, "Illuminating the Past - A Beacon for the Future," which will be used throughout the year, honors the past, present and future of the organization. Anniversary celebrations will culminate at the NCSBN Delegate Assembly and Annual Meeting Aug. 14-16, 2013, in Providence, R.I.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose members include the boards of nursing 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. Mission: NCSBN provides education, service and research through collaborative leadership to promote evidence-based regulatory excellence for patient safety and public protection.
The statements and opinions expressed are those of NCSBN and not the individual member state or territorial boards of nursing.
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