AACN Certification Corporation offers volunteer positions for Item Writers, Exam Developers, Practice Analysis Task Force Members and Appeals Panels.
Item Writers develop exam questions for each certification exam item bank and research problem items during the item analysis.
Item Writers prepare exam questions from home, communicate via email and attend one two-day meeting.
Exam Developers refine and approve exam items according to test specification criteria, evaluate the relevance of exam items to the practice of acute/critical care nursing, advise the Board of Directors of any necessary revisions to the test plan (blueprint) and provide mentoring opportunities to Item Writers.
Exam Development members are required to attend one four-day meeting and should have prior experience as an Item Writer.
Practice Analysis Task Force (PATF) members are volunteers who create the survey used for national studies of nursing practice, also known as job analyses.
PATF members are subject matter experts in the area of nursing being studied.
Appeals Panel members review and deliberate appeals, work primarily through written and electronic correspondence and participate in several conference calls that can be taken from home or work.