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Volunteer Position Descriptions

Content Expert Panels (CEP)

Each CEP is responsible for the development of the certification exam within a particular specialty under the guidance of the ANCC Measurement Services Staff. The panels are composed of up to 10 members, including a chair and vice chair. These panels are balanced with regard to practice, expertise, educational background, nursing role, practice setting, geographic location, and years of experience.

The term of appointment is four years, and members can serve no more than two terms. CEPs typically meet an average of four times per year, depending on the test development cycle. Meetings are virtual or in-person and usually last 2 – 3 days. Meetings held in-person are at our office in Silver Spring, MD; ANCC pays for travel-related costs associated with meetings held on-site. Content Expert Panel members earn contact hours towards Renewal Category 1.

To qualify as a CEP member, you must spend at least 50% of your professional time engaged in practice in the role, population, and specialty of the certification area to which you are seeking appointment. You must also have an active ANCC certification in your field of practice and hold an unencumbered license to practice.

Content Expert Panel Volunteer Profile

I have been a member of the ANCC Content Expert Panel for Ambulatory Care Nursing for the past 4 years. It has been a great experience sharing ideas and work flow issues from the group that is picked from across the nation. The work group consists of many different layers of experience and from the camaraderie generates a deep respect for one another and for the work that we do. I’m proud to say that as a group, our ability to work together, put aside any egos, helped to improve the testing material for the national exam. It’s a great opportunity to work together with colleagues around the nation and I am truly grateful to have been a part of this experience!

Darlene RN-BC, AMBULATORY CARE NURSING

Item Writers

Item writers contribute questions that appear on ANCC certification exams. Volunteers are selected with regard to practice, expertise, educational background, nursing role, practice setting, geographic location, and years of experience. Those who are selected must attend a live two-day, virtual Item Writer Workshop to learn how to write sound exam items and how to reference exam items. Item writers are then expected to write 30 to 40 exam items over a period of 30 - 60 days. Item writers interact closely with an ANCC Senior Editor to revise and refine items. Item writers can receive up to 40 contact hours towards Renewal Category 1.

To qualify as an item writer, you must spend at least 50% of your professional time engaged in practice in the role, population, and specialty of the certification area to which you are seeking appointment. You must also have an active ANCC certification in your field of practice and hold an unencumbered license to practice.

Item Writer Volunteer Profile

 

Standard Setting Panels

ANCC conducts standard setting studies for each new exam to set the passing score. The panel is comprised of 10 members, including the CEP chair for that particular specialty. Volunteers are selected with regard to practice, expertise, educational background, nursing role, practice setting, geographic location, and years of experience. Those who are selected must participate in a two-day meeting held at ANCC’s office in Silver Spring, MD; ANCC pays for travel-related costs associated with meetings held on-site. Standard setters can receive up to 15 contact hours towards Renewal Category 1.

To qualify to serve on the standard setting panel you must spend at least 50% of your professional time engaged in practice in the role, population, and specialty of the certification area to which you are seeking appointment. You must also have an active ANCC certification in your field of practice and hold an unencumbered license to practice.

STANDARD SETTER VOLUNTEER PROFILE

 

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Volunteering as an ANCC Content Expert Panel member has been a professional highlight for me, providing numerous opportunities to network with colleagues, be exposed to the certification process, and develop professionally in a national leadership role. I recommend this to anyone wishing to serve and advance our APRN industry.

Lee DNP, DMIN, APRN-CNP, PMHNP-BC, ANP-BC, CARN-AP ANCC Certified Psych-Mental Health NP

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