Kirchoff Assists with National Nursing Licensure Examination

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

A Fairmont State University faculty member was one of 11 nurses from across the nation selected as a volunteer item writer for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Licensure Examination (NCLEXâ)

Dr. Denice Kirchoff, Professor of Nursing at FSU, was approved by the West Virginia Board of Nursing and selected by the NCSBN to participate on the NCLEXâ item development panel of subject matter experts that was held in Chicago on July 9-12. NCSBN, headquartered in Chicago, is responsible for developing and administering the NCLEX-RN® and NCLEX-PN® licensing exams. Kirchoff was nominated as an item writer on the basis of clinical specialty and nursing expertise.

All nurses in the United States and its four U.S. territories must take the NCLEX®. The licensing exam identifies those candidates who demonstrate minimal competence to practice nursing at the entry level. Passing the NCLEXâ exam is one of the requirements necessary for attaining a nursing license.

Kirchoff is a professor in the School of Nursing and Allied Health Administration. She has been teaching at FSU since 1998.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and her master’s degree in Nursing and Ed.D from West Virginia University. She is also a Certified Nurse Educator.

Kirchoff has served on various campus committees and is currently a member of the Faculty Senate and the presidential survey committee. She is actively involved in the mentoring of nurse educators and has developed and chaired the nurse faculty mentoring committee. She has incorporated her dissertation research to assist in the development of a mentoring program for adjunct and full-time nursing faculty. She has presented nationally at nursing conferences regarding this topic. She is also program evaluator for the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. In addition, Kirchoff was recently selected to be part of a team of test item writers for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. She is a member of various nursing organizations and maintains practice as a registered nurse at West Virginia University Hospital.