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Foundations of Regulation Courses

Enter the World of Regulation

Foundations of regulation courses are designed for new staff members who have recently joined a nursing regulatory body, professionals who are interested in serving on boards and committees and others looking to enhance their regulatory skills and knowledge. Each self-paced course can be completed in one day, and each offers continuing education (CE) credits.

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Foundations Course Listings

Foundations of regulation courses are open for enrollment to professionals around the world. NCSBN Members, Associate Members and Exam User Members can access the courses free of charge.

Conducting a Literature Review

Participants will learn important concepts and techniques that are essential to launching a new research study. From drafting a research question and conducting an online search to ranking source materials, graduates of this course will develop practical skills that will start them down the path of becoming independent investigators. 

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Course Dates: Self-paced
Cost: Free | Free for Members
CEs: 1.2

Delegate Orientation

Members Only

This course covers the basic skills of how to participate as an NCSBN delegate during the Delegate Assembly at Annual Meetings. 

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Course Dates: Self-paced
Cost: Free for Members
CEs: None Offered

Detecting Fraud in Licensure Applications

Members Only

Do you want proactive authentication strategies for detecting fraud? Based on eleven policy considerations and ten safe practices, this course provides the knowledge and skills board staff need for performing rigorous verifications of licensure applications

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Course Dates: Self-paced
Cost: Free for Members
CEs: 4.2

Introduction to Disciplinary Investigations

The course will also provide examples of how specific types of cases may be investigated including the use of an investigative plan and data collection. The significance of and mechanisms for communicating the investigatory findings will also be discussed.

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Course Dates: Self-paced
Cost: Free | Free for Members
CEs: 6.5

NCSBN 101 - Member

Members Only

NCSBN 101 is an introduction to the organization for NCSBN members. It provides a thorough study of the history of NCSBN, its purpose, its mission and explains what NCSBN offers as the preeminent leader in regulatory excellence. 

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Course Dates: Self-paced
Cost: Free for Members
CEs: 1.4

NPDB - National Practitioner Data Bank

To maintain public safety, employers need current information on a health care practitioner’s ability to practice safely. The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) is a web-based repository that provides confidential information that employers may query to review whether a license is encumbered by a regulatory board action as well as review any reports of malpractice payments or other credentialing results.

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Course Dates: Self-paced
Cost: Free | Free for Members
CEs: 1.8

Parliamentary Procedure for Nursing Regulators

What, you may have asked yourself during an interminable meeting or two, is the purpose of parliamentary procedure and rules?! Look no further. Nationally known expert Dr. Leonard Young explains all in this valuable primer, including tips for electronic/virtually held meetings.

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Course Dates: Self-paced
Cost: Free | Free for Members
CEs: 1.7

Principles of Nursing Board Governance

This program is an introduction to concepts of governance and regulation as they apply to nursing regulatory bodies and individuals charged with safeguarding public safety, health and welfare through nursing regulation and nursing education.

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Instructor(s): Sandy Evans, MAEd, RN
Course Dates: Self-paced
Cost: Free | Free for Members
CEs: 1.2

Role of the Executive Officer

Members Only

This course will introduce the new executive officer of a nursing regulatory body to fundamental topics important to success.

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Instructor(s): Laura Rhodes, RN, MSN
Course Dates: Coming Soon
Delivery Method: Blended
Cost: Free for Members

Role of the Regulatory Board Member

Becoming a Board Member entails significant legal authority and equally significant responsibility. Learn the ropes from a pro: former NCSBN Board of Directors President Jim Cleghorn, MA, who also served as Executive Director of the Georgia Board of Nursing.

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Instructor(s): Jim Cleghorn, MA
Course Dates: Self-paced
Cost: Free | Free for Members
CEs: 1.6