January 27, 2015 15:00 ET

NCSBN Center for Regulatory Excellence Grant Program Awards Grants Totaling More Than $1.2 Million

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Jan 27, 2015) - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®),, Center for Regulatory Excellence Grant Program recently awarded grants totaling more than $1.2 million to four U.S. organizations and one international organization. Since the grant program began in 2007, it has awarded more than $11 million in grant funding.

The Center for Regulatory Excellence Grant Program funds innovative projects that can have measurable impact on nursing regulation and can create meaningful change. The Center's research priorities include: national and international regulatory issues; patient safety; practice (licensed practical/vocational nurses, registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses); nursing education; continued competence; nurse mobility; and substance use.

This year grants were awarded to the following institutions, organizations and programs:

  • Ying Xue, DNSc, RN, associate professor of Nursing, University of Rochester School of Nursing, "Impact of State Scope of Practice Regulation on the Availability of Nurse Practitioners in Caring for Vulnerable Populations" 
  • Elena O. Siegel, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, "Director of Nursing Guidelines for Delegation in Nursing Homes: Guideline Development and Pilot Testing"
  • Rachael Vernon RN, BN, MPhil (Distinction), PhD, associate professor/associate head of School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia, "Can Competence be Assured?"
  • Jeannie Cimiotti, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor and the Dorothy M. Smith Endowed Chair in Health Care Quality and Patient Safety, University of Florida, "Business Case for Employment of Hospital-based Advanced Practice Registered Nurses: Scope of Practice, Patient Outcomes, Nurse Retention, Financial Impact" 
  • Julie Sochalski, PhD, FAAN, RN, associate professor, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, "Impact of Granting Full Practice Authority to Nurse Practitioners in the Veterans Administration"

The submission deadline for the first of two 2015 funding cycles of the Center for Regulatory Excellence Grant Program is April 3, 2015. Any individual, institution, organization or program interested in advancing the science of nursing regulation and building regulatory expertise worldwide may apply. Grant awards have a $300,000 per project limit.

For more information on the grant or the application process, visit the Center for Regulatory Excellence Grant Program section at

Founded March 15, 1978, as an independent not-for-profit organization, NCSBN was created to lessen the burdens of state governments and bring together boards of nursing (BONs) to act and counsel together on matters of common interest. NCSBN's membership is comprised of the BONs 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 also 21 associate members that are either nursing regulatory bodies or empowered regulatory authorities from other countries or territories.

NCSBN Member Boards protect the public by ensuring that safe and competent nursing care is provided by licensed nurses. These BONs regulate more than 3 million licensed nurses, the second largest group of licensed professionals in the U.S.

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

The statements and opinions expressed are those of NCSBN and not the individual member state or territorial boards of nursing.

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