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The experience of qualified nurses in assessing student nurses' clinical skills

Kelly, Mary J. (2002) The experience of qualified nurses in assessing student nurses' clinical skills. The All Ireland Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 2 (3). pp. 47-53. ISSN 1471-0854

The purpose of this study was to explore the experience of qualified nurses in assessing student nurses’ clinical skills. The writer’s interest in this area arose from the findings of reports in the UK and Ireland. These reports suggested that nurses do not feel adequately prepared for their roles in clinical assessment. The literature reviewed for this study highlights some of the difficulties surrounding assessment. Two areas identified are: lack of preparation for a role in assessment and the subjective interpretation of competence. A constructivist approach underpinned this study, using a combination of methods to gather and analyse the data. Focused interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of four experienced clinical nurses. A questionnaire was distributed to 108 qualified nurses, using a convenience sample. The interview data were analysed using Colaizzi’s seven-step method and the questionnaire analysed using SPSS 8.0 for Windows. The responses to both instruments suggest that nurses believe clinical staff have an important role in clinical assessment. However, the need for support from managerial and educational staff was identified. Changes in the nurse education programme and uncertainty regarding what constitutes ‘competence’ have contributed to difficulties with assessing student nurses’ clinical skills. Lack of preparation for a role in assessment compounds these difficulties. Taking cognisance of these factors, recommendations are made for an approach to a new clinical assessment strategy, with reference to the An Bord Altranais (2000) Domains of Competence.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Subjects:Medical Sciences > Nursing
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Nursing and Human Sciences
Publisher:Smurfit Communications
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:19935
Deposited On:06 May 2014 13:34 by Mary Kelly . Last Modified 30 Jan 2019 16:17

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