Join a Committee

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.

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Exam Development – Subject Matter Expert

Responsibilities:

  1. Review exam form performance as needed
  2. Participate in various exam development activities (item writing, item review, form review, and problem item analysis/PIN call)

Term: 2 years
Travel required:
Minimal. Most meetings are virtual, with the possibility of an in-person meeting for Item Writing.
Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per exam development activity, possibly longer. The length of each project is provided to allow the volunteer to determine if they can participate
Meeting Dates: Per exam development schedule. Volunteers do not need to participate in every exam development activity.

Exam Preparation Committee

Responsibilities:

  1. Review and revise, if needed, all exam prep materials developed by NBCSN at least every five (5) years
  2. Develop new exam prep materials as needed
  3. Evaluate and approve or reject any collaborative exam prep projects

Term: 2 years
Travel required: No
Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per call
Meeting Dates: Calls are held at least four (4) times a year

NOTE: Volunteers who have worked on the exam development committee are not permitted to participate on the exam preparation committee for three (3) years after the conclusion of their time with the exam development committee.

Finance Committee

Responsibilities:

  1. Review the annual budget (drafted and proposed by the Secretary-Treasurer) for the upcoming fiscal year and make revisions (as needed) before presenting it to the Board for approval at the Fall Board meeting
  2. Finalize the proposed budget and investment recommendations

Term: 2 years
Travel required: No
Time Commitment: Estimate about 4-6 hours of total time
Meeting Dates: 2-4 conference calls held between August and November

Outreach Committee

Responsibilities:

  1. Provide support to the Outreach Chair(s) with the State Liaison Program and social media outreach
  2. Promote the NCSN credential

Term: 2 years
Travel required: No
Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per call
Meeting Dates: Calls are held at least four (4) times a year

Quality Assurance Committee

Responsibilities:

  1. Development and maintenance of a policy tracker
  2. Perform periodic reviews of NBCSN Bylaws, Policies and Procedures, and website
  3. Assure compliance with ABSNC Standards
  4. Advise the board of directors on possible improvement initiatives

Term: 2 years
Travel required: No
Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per call
Meeting Dates: Calls are held at least four (4) times a year

Recertification Committee

Responsibilities:

  1. Provide support to the Recertification Chair(s)
  2. Serve as an auditor of recertification applications, as assigned

Term: 2 years
Travel required: No
Time Commitment: 1-2 hours per month for audits
Meeting Dates: Calls are held at least four (4) times a year – 1 hour per call

Conflict of Interest

All NCSN test development volunteers 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, an NCSN volunteer shall disclose the potential conflict and may be asked to either abstain from a discussion on the matter or, in some circumstances, may not be appointed to a committee.