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The development of a national framework for the assessment of clinical competency of first year nursing students

Foley, Judith (2019) The development of a national framework for the assessment of clinical competency of first year nursing students. Doctor of Education thesis, Dublin City University.

The desired outcome of this study is to develop and implement a national competence framework to facilitate the assessment of first year nursing students undertaking the four year/four and half year degree programme in the four disciplines of Nursing in the Higher Education Institutions in Republic of Ireland. The four disciplines are General Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Intellectual Disability Nursing and Children’s Nursing. The total intake of nursing students is 1,683 per year. The literature associated with the study mainly involves an examination of the concept of competence and the assessment of competence. The literature further focused on aspects of learning that impacted on assessment of clinical competence, assessment of clinical competence learning, theoretical models used to assess competence. In addition, the literature related to the process of assessment to include the supporting structures and the components of assessment documentation to include the concept of reflective practice and the models in use. Quantitative and qualitative research paradigm are explored. Various research methodologies are examined and a rationale for choosing action research as the chosen research strategy is set out. Coghlan and Brannick’s model of action research is applied through three action research cycles: each involving diagnosing/constructing phase; planning action phase; taking action phase and evaluating action phase. The sample is described and related ethical considerations are highlighted along with research methods and data analysis. The research findings focusing on the views of participants involved in the assessment of nursing students which informed the final development of competence assessment framework following by roll out and implementation by all Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) and Associated Health Care Providers (AHCP’s).
Item Type:Thesis (Doctor of Education)
Date of Award:November 2019
Supervisor(s):O'Brien, Shivaun
Subjects:Medical Sciences > Nursing
Social Sciences > Education
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Institute of Education > School of Policy & Practice
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:23742
Deposited On:22 Nov 2019 13:49 by Judith Foley . Last Modified 12 Sep 2021 03:30

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