NSCN protects the public by registering and licensing newly graduated nurses. We do this in part by requiring that registrants successfully complete the NCLEX exam. The NCLEX exam is administered by NCSBN.
NCSBN is currently recruiting qualified nurses to serve on upcoming NCLEX and Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) item development panels. Opportunities are coming up to participate on item review and item writing panels for the RN examination. The volunteers who participate on these panels are an integral part of the item development process, and we need registered nurses (RNs) for this program.
The NCLEX is designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities essential to safe and effective nursing practice at the entry level. The process of developing exam items (questions) requires multiple steps and involves many qualified volunteers to write and review items.
The following are just a few of the benefits of attending NCSBN item development panels:
- Contributing to promoting continued excellence in the nursing profession
- Networking with colleagues across the U.S. and in some cases Canada
- Learning new skills for continued professional growth
- Earning continuing education contact hours (U.S. volunteers only)
The qualifications required for nurses interested in participating in the Item Development Program are outlined in the NCLEX Item Development brochure. Please note that all volunteer opportunities are held in downtown Chicago and travel expenses, including airfare, lodging and meals, are covered.
Individuals interested in volunteering may submit an online application via our website.
Click here to submit a volunteer application.
For specific questions or additional information about volunteering, please contact NCSBN by email at TestDev@ncsbn.org.