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Current Volunteer Opportunities

The Volunteer opportunities listed below reflect the exam development and evaluation process. 

NBCSN Exam Form Review

The purpose of the NBCSN Exam Form Review meeting is to review the questions selected for each of the NBCSN exam forms. Subject matter experts under the guidance of Board Members and an exam psychometrician evaluate the accuracy of answers, identify geographic bias, assure clarity of language, and appropriateness of the items being considered for inclusion on the NBCSN exam. The committee review constitutes the final check on the format of the exam.
Travel Required: Yes, meeting to be held in Denver, Colorado. Overnight stay required.
Time Commitment: 1.5 days
Meeting Dates: 1/2 day afternoon on November 11, full day on November 12

NBCSN Exam Item Writing Committee

The purpose of the NBCSN Ite, Writing Committee is to develop test questions (atems) according to test  plan specifications and to validate those items in standard texts appropriate for NCSN certification.  Individuals selected for this committee will receive training and materials on how to write and reference valid and defensible questions. 
Travel Required: None, web conference
Time commitment: 2-3 hours training, 2.5 weeks writing process
Meeting Dates: ​May 2, 2017

NBCSN Item Review

The purpose of the NBCSN Item Review meeting is to review every question (item) used to make up the NBCSN Exam. The goal is to make sure that the exam content remains current and accurate. Item reviewers also research and update references for test questions (items). Individuals selected for NBCSN Item review will receive training on how to review and reference test questions from NBCSN Board Members and an experienced psychometrician.
Travel Required: None, web conference
Time Commitment: 2-3 hours
Meeting Dates: June 20, June 21, June 22, 2017.

NBCSN Problem Item Analysis (PIA) Call

The NBCSN PIA committee meets remotely for about 2 hours to review questions (items) that scored outside of the norm on the most recent NCSN exam. With the guidance of NBCSN Board Members and an experienced psychometrician, committee members analyze questions to determine if changes should be made in how the item is scored. The committee also determines if the item should be eliminated or requires further review and makes recommendations to the Board.
Travel required: None, web conference
Time Commitment: 2 hours.
Meeting Dates: March 23, August 10, December 4, 2017

Who Can Apply

Practicing school nurses who have achieved NCSN are eligible!

The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, Inc. (ABSNC) requires input from subject matter experts (SMEs) in the development of the NBCSN certification exam. SMEs with a variety of clinical practice skills and levels of experience, and who represent a diverse geographic and demographic background are needed to help NBCSN create an appropriate exam.

Practicing school nurses across the country who are NCSN provide exactly the expertise needed to assure a fair and representative exam. Your contributions as a volunteer for NBCSN help assure that certification represents a national standard of preparation, knowledge, and practice. We appreciate your willingness to contribute to the NCSN exam process.

Conflict of Interest

All members of NBCSN Expert Panels must avoid conflicts of interest and may not profit personally from their affiliation with NBCSN, or favor the interests of themselves, relatives, friends, or other affiliated organizations over the interests of NBCSN. Should there be potential for a conflict of interest a member of NBCSN Expert Panel shall disclose such potential conflict and may be asked to either abstain from a discussion on the matter, or in some circumstances may be asked to resign from the Panel.

How to Apply

Application for 2017 Volunteer Opportunities is now open. Please follow this link to submit your online application.

​NBCSN Form Review Committee 2016