Katie-Marie Pawlowski, RN-BC, helps set Case Management Nursing Standards


APD's manager of care management, Katie-Marie Pawlowski, RN-BC, recently participated in a test development meeting at the ANCC/American Nurses Association headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. A panel of her peers was comprised of select nurse experts from across the country. They were tasked with evaluating the current board examination for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) and worked to determine the new cut score for the minimally qualified testing candidate (MQC).

This standard setting panel study enables the ANCC to offer quality certification examinations to nurses across the United States and internationally. Pawlowski holds a seat on this panel for the next three years.

“It’s pretty special that we have a nurse expert here at APD who is helping to set national standards for the Nursing Case Management specialty,” said Jean Ten Haken, MSN, RN, CENP, Chief Operating Officer, VP of Nursing, and Chief Nursing Officer at APD. “I’m proud of Kate for her contribution at the panel,” she added.

Pawlowski joined APD in 2014, earned her associates degree at Community College of Rhode Island, and her Bachelors and Masters in Nursing at Chamberlain University. She holds a national board certification through the ANCC, and is currently working towards her Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

“I really enjoyed the process to understand how the testing happens,” said Pawlowski. “The cut score and how they grade the questions was very interesting and I was pleased to participate. It pulled it all together for me – why we do what we do. We also had to recognize that we weren’t all going to agree on responses in the scoring process. When ELMO was called, we knew it was: Enough, Let’s Move On,” she added with a smile.