Nursing Education Regulatory Quality Indicators

Nursing Education Regulatory Quality Indicators

For graduates of nursing programs to be made eligible to take the NCLEX, the boards of nursing (BONs) approve nursing schools, making certain they meet minimal standards. The BONs are seeking evidence-based metrics, other than first-time NCLEX pass rates, to use when approving nursing programs. Therefore, NCSBN conducted two national studies to learn about warning signs when programs begin to fall below standards — so that early action can be taken — and regulatory quality indicators for BONs to use when approving programs. The results of a national Delphi study and a longitudinal, 5-year, annual report study will be presented, along with evidence-based recommendations for BONs to use when approving nursing programs.

Session Objectives
Following this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the role of the Boards of Nursing in program approval
  • Discuss the evidence supporting regulatory quality indicators for nursing programs
  • Describe the evidence-based nursing education program approval model that is being recommended for boards of nursing.


Nancy Spector

Nancy Spector, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN, is the Director of Regulatory Innovations at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Before coming to NCSBN, Dr. Spector was a faculty member at Loyola University’s School of Nursing in Chicago, where she taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has worked on a number of initiatives, including the regulatory implications of social media, innovations and trends in nursing education, the future of nursing program approval, regulatory issues in distance-learning programs, outcomes and metrics of nursing education programs. Dr. Spector was instrumental in developing the innovative Regulatory Scholars Program, and she is the PI on a study of errors and near misses in nursing education programs. Dr. Spector was the PI on a NCSBN’s multisite transition to practice study, and she was a consultant on the National Simulation Study. Dr. Spector presents and publishes nationally and internationally on regulatory issues in nursing education.