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.

*Positions on the Finance Committee are open to members of the public.

How to Apply
The application for 2019 – 2020 Volunteer Opportunities is now closed. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the NBCSN office via email at

Exam Committee

The purpose of the Examination Committee is to provide oversight of the process of examination development, item maintenance, and item review, and ensure the participation of appropriate NCSN/content experts in each stage of development.

Travel Required:
Time Commitment: Calls are held as needed; at least two calls per year.
Meeting Dates: As needed

Finance Committee

The purpose of the Finance Committee is to monitor financial performance and investment activity of NBCSN and review and recommend the proposed annual budget.

NOTE: This committee does not require the NCSN credential and is open to members of the public.

Travel Required:
Time Commitment: 8-15 conference calls per year.
Meeting Date: Calls are held in the evening hours.

Form Review Committee

The purpose of the NCSN Exam Form Review meeting is to review the questions selected for each of the NCSN exam forms. Subject matter experts under the guidance 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 NCSN exam. The committee review constitutes the final check on the format of the exam.

Travel Required:
Yes. Overnight stay required.
Time Commitment: 1.5 days
Meeting Dates: TBD

Item Writing Committee

The purpose of the NCSN Item Writing Committee is to develop test questions (items) 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: TBD

Item Review Committee

The purpose of the NCSN Item Review meeting is to review every question (item) used to make up the NCSN 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 NCSN Item Review will receive training on how to review and reference test questions from an experienced psychometrician.

Travel Required:
None, web conference
Time Commitment: 2-3 hours
Meeting Dates: TBD

Problem Item Analysis (PIA) Call Committee

The NCSN PIA Call 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 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.

Travel required:
None; Web conference
Time Commitment: 2 hours.
Meeting Dates: TBD

Re-certification Committee

The Re-Certification committee is responsible for reviewing all re-certification applications that are selected for audit. Using a checklist, the volunteer confirms that all documents required for re-certification have been submitted by the applicant and meet re-certification requirements. Training is provided and Board Members oversee and guide the process.

Travel required:
Time Commitment: 1 hour on average per month to review applications as they are selected for audit and assigned.
Meeting Dates: TBD

Re-Certification Sub-Committee: Domain Task Force

This Task Force will review the domains of the NCSN exam and current CE recertification requirements. The purpose of the committee is to determine how to best evaluate that the current recertification requirements will ensure well-rounded NCSNs.

Travel required:
None; Web/Tele-conferences
Time Commitment: 2-6 hours
Meeting Dates: TBD

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 such 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.