Title

Introduction of undergraduate nursing students to an objective structured clinical examination

RIS ID

113406

Publication Details

Brighton, R., Mackay, M., Brown, R. A., Jans, C. & Antoniou, C. (2017). Introduction of undergraduate nursing students to an objective structured clinical examination. Journal of Nursing Education, 56 (4), 231-234.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is used increasingly in nursing education. The purpose of this article is to report on the qualitative evaluation of the first implementation of a medication administration OSCE within an Australian school of nursing.

METHOD: A two-stage data gathering strategy was undertaken. The first stage was to survey participants' pre-OSCE and the second stage involved surveying the same participants' immediately post-OSCE. A constant comparison analysis method was used.

RESULTS: The first stage data analysis (pre-OSCE) were classified into three themes: (a) Student Anxiety, (b) Student Preparedness, and (c) The Effectiveness of This Style of Assessment. The three key themes from the second stage (post-OSCE) analysis were: (a) Feelings Toward the OSCE, (b) Assessor Interaction, and (c) The OSCE Environment.

CONCLUSION: Although they found it stressful, the participants valued the OSCE experience. The OSCE gave the students confidence in their capabilities of medication management.

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.3928/01484834-20170323-08