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NCSBN Selects Philip Dickison as New CEO

Analysis  |  By Carol Davis  
   May 30, 2023

Dickison was instrumental in the recently unveiled Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) Examinations.

Philip Dickison, PhD, RN, who recently shepherded the launch of the groundbreaking Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) Examinations has been named CEO of the  National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

Dickison, who has served as NCSBN’s chief operating officer (COO) since 2017, will assume his new duties from retiring CEO David Benton on Oct. 1, 2023. Prior to his appointment as COO, he served NCSBN chief officer, examinations, for seven years.

Philip Dickison, PhD, RN / Photo courtesy of NCSBN

The NGN, launched just weeks ago and more than a decade in the making, is an enhancement of the prevailing NCLEX, using real-world case studies to measure a nurse's ability to think more critically and make the right decisions.

At the core of this enhanced exam is the NCSBN Clinical Judgment Measurement Model (NCJMM), developed by Dickison and other NCSBN researchers as a framework for the measurement of clinical judgment and decision-making within the context of a standardized examination.

“Because clinical judgment underlies almost all of a nurse’s activities, it is of paramount importance to NCSBN,” Dickison said when NGN was launched. “We need to be able to measure it effectively to safeguard public protection. We need to help ensure that when a regulatory body licenses a nurse to practice, they are safe to care for you and your loved ones.”

Dickison’s profound knowledge and experience in testing have made him a renowned leader in the world of psychometrics and an in-demand speaker on the subject. He has been active in the certification and licensure community for more than 30 years.

“Although we conducted a global search, it was Philip’s wide-ranging expertise, experience, and passion for public protection that clearly rose to the top,” said Jay Douglas, MSM, RN, CSAC, FRE, president of the NCSBN board of directors. “We are confident he is the right person at the right time for our organization and excited to see how his vision and leadership will further our past successes and advance the innovative work we are currently undertaking.”

Carol Davis is the Nursing Editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.


Philip Dickison was instrumental in the recently launched groundbreaking Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) Examinations.

Dickison is a renowned leader in the world of psychometrics.

He has been active in the certification and licensure community for more than 30 years.

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