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Students’ perceptions regarding the objective, structured, clinical evaluation as an assessment approach

Louis F. Small, Louise Pretorius, Althea Walters, Maria Ackerman, Pandeni Tshifugula
Health SA Gesondheid | Vol 18, No 1 | a629 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hsag.v18i1.629 | © 2013 Louis F. Small, Louise Pretorius, Althea Walters, Maria Ackerman, Pandeni Tshifugula | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 October 2011 | Published: 18 April 2013

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Louis F. Small, Nursing, University of Namibia, Namibia
Louise Pretorius, Nursing, University of Namibia, Namibia
Althea Walters, Nursing, University of Namibia, Namibia
Maria Ackerman, Nursing, University of Namibia, Namibia
Pandeni Tshifugula, Nursing, University of Namibia, Namibia


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Abstract

The nursing profession is characterised by the fact that a significant amount of time is spent on competency-related activities. The assessment of clinical competence is therefore an important issue in nursing education and the utilisation of objective structured clinical evaluation for that purpose was considered to be very important in this study. The objective of this research was to explore and describe the perceptions of first- and third-year student nurses with regard to the objective structured clinical evaluation assessment approach. A quantitative, cross-sectional, analytical research design was used. The instrument was a questionnaire (ordinal). This questionnaire focused on the perceptions of student nurses with regard to the objective structured clinical evaluation approach in particular, and with regard to aspects such as reality, execution, time allocation and student and assessor variables. The findings indicated that, as an assessment tool, the objective structured clinical evaluation approach was perceived as not being totally realistic, especially by the more senior nursing students (third-year) as compared with the first-year nursing students. Varying degrees of stress were experienced by the nursing students in their first and third years but, in general, the overall perception appeared to be that the approach was well organised and that the respective students would be able to perform equally well in the clinical field. It may be concluded that the majority of students appreciate the format of the objective structured clinical evaluation approach. However, the study further highlighted the fact that more extensive training of students on time management and the relief of emotional stress is necessary during the implementation of this approach.


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