Kiyan McCormick, a second-year graduate student in Southern
University and A&M College's School of Nursing, was selected as one of six
panelists from throughout the nation to serve on the item review panel for the
National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses and the National
Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses.
The selection was made by the National Council of State
Boards of Nursing.
The NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN are the two licensure examinations
that all nurses must pass to receive their licenses. The tests measure
entry-level nursing competence of candidates for licensure as registered nurses
and as licensed practical and vocational nurses.
McCormick met with the panel January 12-15 in Chicago and
participated in recommending potential NCLEX passing standards to the NCSBN
Board of Directors.
McCormick was selected for the panel after initially applying
through the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.
"I was overwhelmed with excitement and honored when I found
out that I had been selected to for the panel," said McCormick. "I felt very
fortunate to be a part of an organization which maintains high standards in
nursing and measures nursing competence for entry-level nurses."
McCormick said she gained a better understanding of how to
develop test items for pre-license nursing from her experience on the panel.
"I learned the importance of writing test questions for
pre-license exams and about the different aspects of nursing and the best
practices in nursing core principles of developing test questions for different
levels of nursing," said McCormick.
After McCormick receives her master's degree in May, she
plans to pursue a doctorate in nursing education from Southern's School of
The NCSBN was founded in 1978 as an
independent not-for-profit organization. It provides leadership to advance
regulatory excellence for public protection.