Participation in a Groundbreaking Study of Nursing Student Errors and Near Misses

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) would like to invite nursing programs to participate in an innovative study involving the collection of nursing student errors and near misses.  This study was presented at the 2018 QSEN International Forum in Bonita Springs, Florida.


Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN and Jane Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN received an NCSBN grant to develop a database for collecting student nurse errors and near misses.  NCSBN is now housing that database (Safe Student Reports or SSR) on our website, and we have begun conducting a study to look at the extent and types of errors and near misses that occur with prelicensure students in clinical experiences, with an eye to fostering a just culture in nursing education.  At NCSBN we will only publish aggregate data, and we will disseminate it biannually so that the programs can compare their data with national data and perhaps learn about ways to improve their systems.  This study has been approved by Western IRB, and NCSBN has received a Certificate of Confidentiality from NIH so that the data are not discoverable in a court of law.  NCSBN has also developed a network of participants with quarterly calls so that they can learn from each other and share best practices. 


Nursing is the first health care discipline, nationally and internationally, to provide educators with a database where they can collect and analyze their students’ errors and near misses and compare them to other participating nursing schools.  If nursing programs are interested in participating in the SSR study, they can email  


Please find more information about this study here: