Make policies informed by regulatory research

1.5 CE credits


David C. Benton, Chief Executive Officer, National Council of State Boards of Nursing


Dale J. Atkinson, ASWB Legal Counsel

Julie Maciura, Managing Partner, Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc


Barb Whitenect, REAL Committee


David Benton will challenge attendees to think “outside the box” when dealing with regulatory reform and envisioning the future of social work regulation. He will identify emerging trends in regulatory research across the health professions. The session will cover how to interpret research literature about professional self-regulation and occupational licensure and how to develop the critical-thinking skills needed to analyze evidence. Historically, governments have initiated change in response to high-profile regulatory failures. Today, regulators must lead and bring about change based on an evidence-based process that demonstrates accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness to fit a complex and dynamic digital era. This session will conclude with a panel discussion about the future of social work regulation.

Learning Objectives

After completing this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify trends in regulatory research.
  2. Explain key factors in analyzing research literature.
  3. Summarize evidence-based changes in regulation the participant can embrace that demonstrate accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness.


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Benton, D. (2017) Bibliometric Review: Identifying Evolving and Emergent Regulatory Trends. In Regulation 2030 First Steps on a Journey. Journal of Nursing Regulation. 8:2 Supplement, S5-S14.

Benton, D. (2017) Analysis and Priorities: Developing a Modern, Effective, Regulatory Framework. In Regulation 2030 First Steps on a Journey. Journal of Nursing Regulation. 8:2 Supplement, S44-S50.

Benton, D., Catizone, C. A., Chaudhry, H. J., Hatherill, W., DeMers, S., Monahan, M.J., Grace, P. (2018) Bibliometrics: A Means of Visualizing Occupational Licensure Scholarship. Journal of Nursing Regulation. 9:1, 31-37.

Benton, D., Ferguson, S. (2017) Opportunities for change: the United Nations working for health and growth report. Nursing Management. 24:5, 26-30.

Benton, D. Ferguson S (2019) Beyond Single Country Borders: Trade in Services uncovered trough bibliometrics.  Nursing Administration Quarterly.  43:1, 58-67.

Benton, D. George, J. (2018) Who Regulates the Regulators? World Medical Journal. 64:3, 3-7.

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Benton, D. Rajwany, N. (2017) Protecting the public through NPDB and Nursys® compliance: an exploratory analysis.  Journal of Nursing Regulation. 7:4, 46-51.

Benton, D., & Shaffer, F.  (2016) Human Resources for Health 2030 and the regulatory agenda: Guest Editorial. Journal of Nursing Management. 24:6, 705-707.

Benton D. & Shaffer F. (2016) How the nursing profession can contribute to sustainable development goals. Nursing Management 23:7, 29-34.

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