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Volunteer for the NCLEX Item Development Program!
Canadian registered nurses can now volunteer for the NCLEX Item Development Program. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) develops the NCLEX-RN used to measure the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as an entry-level registered nurse. An important step in this process is the NCLEX Item Development program, a key component in creating and maintaining high quality examination items. The development of the NCLEX examination depends on qualified registered nurse volunteers from all jurisdictions that use the NCLEX for entry to practice. Canadian nurses now have the opportunity to become part of this process, and contribute to the NCLEX-RN exam bank prior to the exam being offered in Canada in January 2015.
By volunteering, you may be selected to participate as an item writer (RN with Master's degree) or item reviewer (practising RNs).
Some of the benefits of volunteering are:
- Opportunity to contribute to the continued excellence in the nursing profession
- International networking
- Gaining experience and skill in test development
To volunteer, please visit the Exam Volunteer Opportunities page at https://www.ncsbn.org/1227.htm
We are pleased to have received a large number of qualified Canadian volunteers for item development panels and we will keep a record of all applicants. Panel selection is an ongoing process and it may be several months before volunteers hear back from NCSBN regarding participation. Thank you to those volunteers who have expressed an interest to date.
Volunteers must not have participated in exam development or related activities (for example as an invigilator, proctor or participation in exam courses or guides) within the previous 24 months.
June 15, 2012: Canadian Nurse Regulators and NCSBN announce partnership to develop new exam
The Canadian registered nurse (RN) regulators and National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN®) are pleased to announce their partnership to develop and deliver NCSBN's computer adaptive test (CAT), the NCLEX-RN® Examination, in Canada beginning in 2015. A Transition Team of regulators, NCSBN and Pearson VUE is in place to prepare for the launch of the Nurse Licensure Examination in 2015.
May 16, 2012: CARNA signs contract with NCSBN
CARNA Provincial Council passed a motion to approve signing the contract with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) for development of a new RN entry-to-practice exam for use in Alberta beginning in 2015. Provincial Council was satisfied that the contract met the requirements of the Request for Proposal and the majority of the additional requirements set by Council in January 2012.