Explore NCSBN Through The Years

A journey through the seminal events and milestones in NCSBN's history.

1978to1985

Establishing the Mission-driven Organization

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 boards of nursing in nursing regulation.

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1986to1994

Forging New Frontiers with Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT)

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.

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1995to2002

Transforming Regulation Through Technology

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.

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2003to2007

Promoting Evidence-based Nursing Regulation

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.

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2008to2013

Collaboration and Outreach

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.

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2014to2018

Surging Towards the Future

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.

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Explore Details From Each Period of NCSBN's History

See milestones, delegate assembly decisions, committees, and awards from each year in NCSBN's history.