The first several years of NCSBN’s existence focused on establishing a mission-driven organization that was rooted in public protection and strengthening the role of nursing regulatory bodies in nursing regulation.
Implemented criterion-referenced scoring for NCLEX
First Model Nurse Practice Act adopted
NCSBN had its eye on the future as it began researching the use of computer adaptive testing for the NCLEX. It took several years of research and hard work by dedicated professionals, but in 1994, NCSBN became the first health care organization to utilize computerized adaptive testing for the purpose of licensure.
Voted to conduct standard-setting procedures every three years
Nursing Disciplinary Data Bank restructured to be congruent with federally mandated National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB)
Implemented CAT for NCLEX
Emerging technologies were changing the world as the beginning of the 21st century approached. NCSBN welcomed new technological tools, resources and mediums that forever changed the trajectory of nursing regulation.
Adopted Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)
Launched first online NCLEX-RN prep course
As the body of nursing regulation knowledge becomes more expansive, NCSBN relies on evidence that is rooted in theory and based on research to assist in making regulatory decisions. NCSBN embraced the challenges and opportunities of evidence-based nursing regulation.
Implemented public access to Nursys
Launched international NCLEX examination testing sites
Established the Center for Regulatory Excellence Grant Program
Health care has become increasingly global in scope. NCSBN saw this evolution as an opportunity to grow and collaborate reaching new, diverse audiences both nationally and internationally, as the organization continued its mission of public safety.
Published first issue of "Journal of Nursing Regulation"
Produced social media guidelines brochure and video
Launched Nursys e-Notify, the national nurse licensure notification system
Standing on the firm foundation of its past NCSBN looks forward to building even stronger partnerships with other regulatory bodies both nationally and internationally. Entering its fifth decade of operation NCSBN seeks out new opportunities and faces its challenges head on.
NCLEX implemented as licensure exam for ten Canadian provinces/territories
Regulation 2030 brings together 80 regulators from around the world who endeavor to chart the future of nursing regulation by using concept mapping
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact enacted (July 20, 2017)
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact implemented (Jan. 19, 2018)
Never content to rest on its laurels, NCSBN is moving forward through innovation, ingenuity and creativity designed to advance nursing and nursing regulation. Respectful of its past but with its eyes firmly fixed on the future, and the challenges and opportunities ahead. NCSBN remains an organization always looking to push the boundaries of what is possible.
The International Center for Regulatory Scholarship (ICRS) was founded
NCSBN responded to challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on education, testing and licensure
Launched the REx-PN, a regulatory exam for practical nurses in Canada
The Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) launched
See milestones, delegate assembly decisions, committees, and awards from each year in NCSBN's history.