Best Practice Guidelines for use of OSCEs: Maximising value for student learning

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Nulty, DD
Mitchell, ML
Jeffrey, CA
Henderson, A
Groves, M
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2011
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Objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) are a regular component of Bachelor of Nursing (BN) programs within Australia and internationally. OSCEs are a valuable strategy to assess 'fitness to practice' at the students' expected level of clinical practice within a nursing context where the importance of accurate patient assessment is paramount. This report discusses the integration of seven proposed 'Best Practice Guidelines' (BPG) into an undergraduate BN program in Queensland, Australia. A range of learning and assessment strategies was introduced in accordance with the adoption of these guidelines to maximise student engagement. There is some evidence that these strategies have directly assisted in enhanced student confidence around clinical practice and provide preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of BPG for OSCEs within nursing programs internationally.

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Nurse Education Today

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31

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2

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Nursing

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Education assessment and evaluation

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