Nursing students' views of clinical competence assessment

Bradshaw, Carmel and O'Connor, Maureen and Egan, Geraldine and Tierney, Katie and Butler, Mary Pat and Fahy, Anne and Tuohy, Dympna and Cassidy, Irene and Quillinan, Bernie and McNamara, Mary C. (2012) Nursing students' views of clinical competence assessment. pp. 923-927. ISSN 09660461

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This paper reports on some outcomes of a research study evaluating a new assessment framework of clinical competence used in undergraduate nursing programmes in the Mid West Region of Ireland. First, this paper presents both the strengths and weaknesses of the present model, as articulated by student nurses. Second, it generates a broader critical debate around the concept of competency assessment. The model of competence in question was developed by the Irish Nursing Board then elaborated on by the University of Limerick in partnership with local health service providers in 2002. Methodology involved a triangulated approach, comprising a series of focus group interviews with students (n=13) and preceptors (n=16) followed by a survey of students (n=232) and preceptors (n=837). Findings from the student focus groups are reported here. Themes identified using Burnard's (1991) framework for analysis are preparation for competency assessment, competency documentation, supporting assessment in practice, organisational and resource factors and the competency assessment structure and process. Results from this research have implications for refinement and revision of the present competency assessment framework, for student and staff preparation and for collaboration between stakeholders. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of British Journal of Nursing is the property of MA Healthcare Limited and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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Additional Information: Bradshaw, Carmel 1 O'Connor, Maureen 1 Egan, Geraldine 2 Tierney, Katie 3 Butler, Mary Pat 1 Fahy, Anne 1 Tuohy, Dympna 1 Cassidy, Irene 1 Quillinan, Bernie 1 McNamara, Mary C. 4; Affiliation: 1: Lecturers, Nursing and Midwifery Department, University of Limerick 2: Clinical Placement Coordinator, Nurse Practice Development Team, Midwestern Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle, Limerick 3: Clínica Educator, Theatre Department, Midwestern Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle, Limerick 4: Specialist Coordinator, Centre of Nurse & Midwifery Education, HSE West (LCNTR), Midwestern Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle, Limerick; Source Info: 8/9/2012, Vol. 21 Issue 15, p923; Subject Term: CLINICAL competence; Subject Term: CONTENT analysis (Communication); Subject Term: FOCUS groups; Subject Term: MEDICINE -- Study & teaching (Preceptorship); Subject Term: NURSING students; Subject Term: QUESTIONNAIRES; Subject Term: QUALITATIVE research; Subject Term: QUANTITATIVE research; Subject Term: THEMATIC analysis; Subject Term: NATIONAL competency-based educational tests; Subject Term: IRELAND; Author-Supplied Keyword: Assessment framework; Author-Supplied Keyword: Clinical competency assessment; Author-Supplied Keyword: Student experience; Author-Supplied Keyword: Student perceptions; Number of Pages: 5p; Illustrations: 2 Charts; Document Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CLINICAL competence; CONTENT analysis (Communication); FOCUS groups; MEDICINE -- Study & teaching (Preceptorship); NURSING students; QUESTIONNAIRES; QUALITATIVE research; QUANTITATIVE research; THEMATIC analysis; NATIONAL competency-based educational tests; IRELAND; Assessment framework; Clinical competency assessment; Student experience; Student perceptions
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