The BCEN ECRCs are responsible for mentoring item writers, reviewing all new questions, reviewing and editing unscored pretest questions, reviewing scored questions, and reviewing the exam’s overall performance. ECRC members work directly with an assigned team of item writers not only reviewing all new items but also providing detailed feedback on each assignment. ECRC members are trained in item review principles, bias and sensitivity issues, and basic statistical concepts as they relate to item performance.
ECRC members are chosen from individuals who have been item writers and are selected for their knowledge, experience, content expertise, and strong skills in question development. BCEN strives to ensure that the composition of its ECRCs reflects candidate populations in terms of geography, ethnicity, gender, and educational preparation.
BCEN ECRCs meet once or twice a year to assemble exams and participate in BCEN's item-writing workshops as mentors. Each BCEN exam program (ie, CEN®, CFRN®/CTRN®, CPEN® and TCRN®) has a separate and distinct ECRC.
BCEN item writers are key to the success of its exam programs. As experts in their respective fields, item writers are responsible for creating test questions for their assigned programs. Content experts who write items for BCEN exams respresent various aspects of emergency nursing, emergency transport nursing, and pediatric emergency nursing. BCEN strives to screen applicants to ensure geographic, demographic, and practice diversity. BCEN chooses new item writers for its programs at least every 2 years.
Eligibility requirements inlcude current status as a registered nurse, a minimum of a BSN, and current certiification in the specific program for which the writer wishes to volunteer. No previous item writing experience is necessary. Item writers attend a 2-day item-writing workshop to receive instruction in basic item-writing and item review principles, including bias and sensitivity training. Assignments are made twice a year and are based on areas of each program's content outline. Item writers serve 2-year, renewable terms and can expect to write about 20 items a year. Each item writer is assigned an ECRC mentor who reviews all items and provides detailed feedback on each assignment. View BCEN's policy on Item Writer Selection.
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BCEN's Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®), Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®) and Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse (CPEN®) credential have been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC).