NCSBN Joins the Tri-Council for Nursing

March 13, 2019

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) recently joined the Tri-Council for Nursing, an alliance of autonomous nursing organizations each focused on leadership for education, practice and research. While each organization has its own constituent membership and unique mission, they are united by common values and convene regularly for the purpose of dialogue and consensus building, to provide stewardship within the profession of nursing.  


The Tri-Council for Nursing grew out of 1973 inter-organizational committee and a 1975 coordinating forum and was founded  by the American Nurses Association, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National League for Nursing. In 1985, the American Organization of Nurses Executives joined the Tri-Council. With the addition of NCSBN, these organizations represent nurses in practice, nurse executives, nursing educators and nursing regulators. The Tri-Council’s diverse interests include the nursing work environment, health care legislation and policy, quality of health care, nursing education, practice, research and leadership across all segments of the health delivery system.


Founded March 15, 1978, as an independent not-for-profit organization, NCSBN was initially created to lessen the burdens of state governments and bring together nursing regulatory bodies (NRBs) to act and counsel together on matters of common interest. It has evolved into one of the leading voices of regulation across the world.


NCSBN’s membership is comprised of the NRBs 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 three exam user members. There are also 26 associate members that are either NRBs or empowered regulatory authorities from other countries or territories. 


NCSBN provides education, service and research through collaborative leadership to promote evidence-based regulatory excellence for patient safety and public protection.


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