The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been compiled to help candidates and the general public better understand the development and administration of the REx-PN.
Does the practice analysis include nurses from all jurisdictions using the REx-PN?
NCSBN invites nurses from all jurisdictions using the REx-PN to participate as Subject Matter Expert nurse volunteers on the REx-PN Practice Analysis Panel. Because the Canadian health care industry is rapidly changing, practice analysis studies are traditionally conducted on a five-year cycle. Information gathered in the practice analysis studies assists NCSBN in evaluating the validity of the test plan.
Does the practice analysis capture information regarding nursing specialties?
The periodic performance of practice analysis (i.e., job analysis) studies assists NCSBN in evaluating the validity of the REx-PN test plan. The practice analysis survey is sent to entry-level nurses to rate the frequency, importance, and practice setting applicability of each activity statement. Using this methodology, the practice analysis gathers information regarding variation across nursing practice settings. Prior to inclusion on the survey, a panel of nurse experts representative of various practice settings and geographic areas evaluates the current list of activity statements and edits them as needed. If newly licensed nurses are working in specialty units, this information is reflected in the demographic results from the practice analysis.
Can you explain more about the panel processes including representation, qualification requirements and the recruitment process for entry-level nurses?
Over the course of a year, NCSBN invites nurses from all geographic areas and practice settings. using REx-PN to participate on REx-PN Item Development Panels (Practice Analysis, item writing, item review, Regulatory Body Review and Panel of Judges [POJ] for Standard Setting Process).
To participate in the item development process, experienced nurse volunteers must educate nursing students in the clinical setting or work directly with entry-level nurses and be familiar with entry-level nursing knowledge. Input from entry-level nurses is sought out in areas of the item development process, such as the Practice Analysis and the POJ for Standard Setting.