NLN Volunteer Opportunities


Consider advancing your career and supporting the success of nursing education by signing up for an NLN Volunteer Opportunity. Simply review the options below, complete the NLN Volunteer Interest Form, and we'll get back to you soon. Thank you for being a leader in nursing education.

Committees and Panels

​​The NLN has 15 committees and panels of members who volunteer to support the work of the League in many ways. You can find a full list here.

We are currently seeking volunteers interested in the following groups:

  • Academy of Nursing Education Review Panel
  • Awards Committee
  • Center of Excellence Review Panel
  • Certification Test Development Committee
  • Certification Test Item Writing Committee
  • Constituent League Leadership Committee
  • Research Grants Review Panel
  • Summit Abstract Reviewer

Interested? Simply complete the NLN Volunteer Interest Form; include your CV.

 Complete the NLN Volunteer Interest Form 


Are you interested in helping the NLN increase awareness of its programs and services for nurse faculty? Personal outreach by an NLN ambassador ensures that faculty and educational leaders in all schools of nursing are kept informed about the NLN’s programs, grant opportunities, and member involvement initiatives.

NLN Ambassador Leadership Traits:

  • Approachability
  • Visibility
  • Responsiveness
  • Commitment

Appointment Process

Ambassadors must be current NLN members and a faculty member at a school of nursing. She/he must maintain active membership throughout their appointed term.

NLN recognizes one or more ambassadors per school. To become an NLN Ambassador for your school,
please submit your name here.


  • Promote the NLN mission and values to members and non-members.
  • Encourage member participation in NLN programs and activities:
    • Motivate NLN members to submit scientific abstracts for the NLN Education Summit and conferences.
    • Support researchers considering publication in the NLN research journal Nursing Education Perspectives.
    • Help faculty access free and low-cost NLN teaching resources such as the Simulation Resource Action Center and the Advancing Care Excellence (ACE) programs specifically developed for vulnerable populations and their caregivers.
    • Inspire members to apply for research grant funding.
  • Foster leadership within the NLN member community:
    • Encourage member participation in NLN committees, elected office, and other volunteer opportunities.
    • Recommend faculty for NLN awards celebrating research, teaching, clinical achievement, leadership, and humanitarianism.
    • Promote professional development opportunities such as the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential, Leadership Institute programs, and fellowship in the Academy of Nursing Education.

  Complete the NLN Volunteer Interest Form  

Certification for Nurse Educators

For those nurse educators who are certified by the NLN, there are several ways to become involved as a volunteer to advance your career and those of your colleagues in the industry. You also will be recognized for your work by the NLN, including in the Salute to Members published annually.

  1. Volunteer as a certification test item writer. There are currently two certification examinations. The test item writing committees are separate committees with each one committed to specific exams. Some volunteers participate in both committees item writing processes. The program appoints items writers for a two-year term, and the item writing group meets annually to generate new questions. This has now become a virtual activity with video meetings and conference calls. To volunteer for this assignment, a current curriculum vita should be submitted to the director of the certification program. The CV will be reviewed by the test development chairperson and those selected will be assigned to a committee based on the applicant’s request, experience, and talents.
  2. Next, preferably after experience as an item writer, you may serve on a test development committee. Again, each exam has a separate committee. The committee member is asked for two years of service by appointment. The committees meet annually face-to-face at the offices of the test platform provider for psychometric review of active items, review of newly written items, and revision of test items if needed. Other meetings required during the year are done in the virtual mode.
  3. After experience as an item writer and serving on test development committee, volunteers are encouraged to engage as a potential nominee for open Board of Commissioners open positions. The applicant progresses through the nomination process, as do all applicants for NLN elected positions. The Certification Nomination Committee gives special attention to applicants who have served in the above capacities. There are normally two positions on the Board that become open annually. The elected term of office for the Board is three years. Many Board members continue to serve on the item writing or test development committees.

Committee members are required to hold a current NLN certification credential (CNE or CNEcl). The Test Item Writing Committee meets virtually once per year. Committee members are assigned a competency area and the number of test items to write by the Test Item Writing Committee Chair, and then members generate items for the CNE and CNEcl certification examinations.

The Test Development Committee oversees the review and revisions of new and currently used test items. This committee meets once per year, usually in a face-to-face meeting for three days. Members are generally chosen from the Test Item Writing Committee members.

  Complete the NLN Volunteer Interest Form  

Testing Services

Get involved in the promoting excellence in educational assessment for nursing education by applying to become an NLN item writer, test reviewer, or live review facilitator. This unique opportunity will allow you to influence the quality and content of available tests for nursing education and practice.

As an item writer, you will:

  • Participate in the development of current tests
  • Receive professional acknowledgment for your participation in NLN test development
  • Receive CEUs, if eligible

As a test reviewer, you will:

  • Make recommendations for improvement of test items
  • Receive professional acknowledgement for your participation in NLN test development publications

As a live review course facilitator, you will:

  • Provide NCLEX® review courses at campuses in your area or, potentially, nationwide
  • Get paid while enhancing students’ testing strategies, their knowledge of concepts, and the details about the NCLEX® process
If you are interested in participating, you must be a faculty member or nurse clinician and hold a masters or doctorate degree.

Apply to be a Live Review Facilitator  (PDF) »

With your help, NLN Testing Services will remain the leader in providing state-of-the-art educational assessment services to schools of nursing.