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McDowell, B.J., Nardini, D.L., Negley, S.A. and White, J.E. (1984) Evaluating Clinical Performance Using Simulated Patients. The Journal of Nursing Education, 23, 37-39.

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  • TITLE: Attitudes of Nursing Faculty Members and Graduates towards the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

    AUTHORS: Florence E. Omu

    KEYWORDS: Objective Structured Clinical Examination, Nursing Psychomotor Skill Assessment, Clinical Competency Evaluation

    JOURNAL NAME: Open Journal of Nursing, Vol.6 No.5, May 9, 2016

    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the attitudes of faculty and graduates of college of nursing towards Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) as a valid and reliable method of clinical competency assessment in nursing ten years after its inception. Core nursing courses are based on instructional teaching methods and “hands-on” approach to impact cognitive, psychomotor skills and clinical judgments. Different clinical competency assessment methods are used globally; however, most of them are subjective. A descriptive survey using 16-item five-point likert scale questionnaire was conducted. The study sample consisted of 140 participants: 20 faculty members, 27 graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree and 93 graduates of the Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) programs with OSCE experience during their training. Data collection was carried out between October and November 2015. Eighty percent of faculty members, 74% of BSN and 62.3% of ADN graduates agreed that OSCE represented an objective evaluation method for psychomotor skills. Majority of the graduates perceived their OSCE experience positively although stressful. However, they have suggested the introduction of trial/mock OSCE prior to each exam to minimize the stress associated with it. In conclusion, there appears to be no single “gold-standard” assessment tool for clinical competency. OSCE assesses student nurses’ psychomotor skills in a non-clinical environment, therefore without risks to real patients. In combination with other assessment methods in the clinical settings, OSCE will provide a more comprehensive student psychomotor skill evaluation. OSCE experiences gave new nursing graduates confidence to work as registered nurses in health care settings.