NCLEX Item Development Volunteer Application


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The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN) appreciates your interest in serving on an item development panel. Qualified, highly motivated and professionally committed nurses who are currently registered and employed in the United States, Canada or NCSBN member board jurisdictions are needed to assist in developing test items (questions) for the National Council Licensure Examinations (NCLEX-RN). A description of the Item Writing and Item Review panels can be found below. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this online application and provide your current email address as NCSBN staff will contact you via email. If you have questions or if you have any difficulties completing the application, please call the NCSBN Examinations Department: (Toll-Free) at 866.293.9600. Thank you for your interest.


Item Writing panels and Item Review panels for the NCLEX-RN examination are ongoing throughout the year. Panels are three, four or five days long.

To qualify, you must be currently registered in the jurisdiction where you practice. Only nurses in jurisdictions within the United States, Canada or NCSBN member board territories qualify for the purpose of participating in Item Writing or Item Review panels. You must currently practice in the United States, Canada or NCSBN member board territories.

Item Writers

Item writers use a computer program to create the questions (called items) used for the NCLEX examination. To qualify:

  1. You must be a registered nurse with a masters degree or higher.
  2. You must be responsible for teaching and supervising basic/undergraduate students in the clinical area.

Item Reviewers

Item reviewers evaluate the items that are created by item writers. To qualify:

  1. You must be an RN.
  2. You must be currently employed in clinical nursing practice, working directly with nurses who have entered practice within the last 12 months, specifically supervising, precepting, or mentoring.

Qualifying Questions

Complete only if working in the United States, Canada or NCSBN territories.
1. Are you currently registered as a RN?