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Volunteer Position Descriptions

There are three main content expert volunteer position types: content expert panelists (CEP), item writers, and standard setting panelists. CEPs contribute in the development of the certification exam within a particular specialty. Item writers help write the questions that appear on ANCC certification exams. Standard setting panelists participate in studies for each new exam that help to set the passing scores. Learn more about each volunteer position type below, and check out the current volunteer opportunities available for different nursing specialties.

Content Expert Panels (CEP)

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 appointment term 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 two or three 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. CEP 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

 

Item Writers

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

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 

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 has many different layers of experience. The camaraderie generates a deep respect for one another and for the work that we do. It’s a great opportunity to work together with colleagues around the nation to improve the testing material for the national exam, and I am truly grateful to have been a part of this experience!

Darlene RN-BC, AMBULATORY CARE NURSING

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