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Nursing Practice Resources

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit association with a responsibility to protect public health and safety through a range of activities meant to ensure the initial and ongoing competence of licensed RNs. The NCSBN describes its work as follows:

  • Developing the NCLEX-RN, NCLEX-PN, NNAAP and MACE examinations.
  • Monitoring trends in public policy, nursing practice and education.
  • Promoting uniformity in relationship to the regulation of nursing practice.
  • Disseminating data related to the licensure of nurses.
  • Conducting research on nursing practice issues.
  • Serving as a forum for information exchange for members.
  • Providing opportunities for collaboration among its members and other nursing and healthcare organizations.
  • Maintaining the Nursys database, which coordinates national publicly available nurse licensure information.

State-specific Regulations

Each registered nurse is bound by state-specific regulations that describe and limit the scope of an RN's practice. This information can be found within Nurse Practice Acts. Familiarity with the practice act is vital for all practicing nurses in a given state. To read these regulations or to print them out, follow this link to the NCSBN website and then go to your specific state.


As part of your practice, you also will need to determine when and to whom it is appropriate to delegate certain patient care activities. The process of delegation is complex; the NCSBN has developed an algorithm to guide your decision-making related to that determination. Additionally, there is an article that more fully explains the delegation process and the details involved. The article can be read here.