OSCE Training Course for Nurses

Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) Compared With Traditional Assessment Methods

Abstract

Objectives

To compare objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and traditional assessment methods among recent pharmacy graduates.

Methods

Individual student performance in OSCEs was compared with performance on traditional pharmacy-practice examinations at the same level of program study.

Results

A moderate correlation was found between individual attainment in OSCE examinations and on traditional pharmacy practice examinations at the same level.

Conclusions

OSCEs add value to traditional methods of assessment because the 2 evaluation methods measure different competencies.

Introduction

An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) is a modern[1] type of examination often used in health sciences (e.g. midwifery, occupational therapy, orthopedics, optometry, medicine, physician assistants/associates, physical therapy, radiography, rehabilitation medicine, nursing,[2] pharmacy, dentistry, chiropractic, para-medicine, podiatry, veterinary medicine, athletic training). It is designed to test clinical skill performance and competence in skills such as communication, clinical examination, medical procedures / prescription, exercise prescription, joint mobilization / manipulation techniques, radio-graphic positioning, radio-graphic image evaluation and interpretation of results. It is a hands-on, real-world approach to learning that keeps you engaged, allows you to understand the key factors that drive the medical decision-making process, and challenges the professional to be innovative and reveals their errors in case-handling and provides an open space for improved decision-making, based on evidence-based practice for real-world responsibilities.

OSCEs were first introduced in the 1970s as training tools and a means of assessing practical skills in medicine and nursing demanded by their future professions.7 OSCEs are intended to assess whether nurses are competent as practicing professionals by using multiple OSCE stations. Each station details a different scenario designed to test a range of clinical competencies, which take between 5 and 15 minutes to complete. The use of multiple OSCE stations leads to an increase in performance, with the optimum number.

Preparing for OSCEs is very different from preparing for an examination on theory. In an OSCE, clinical skills are tested rather than pure theoretical knowledge. It is essential to learn correct clinical methods, and then practice repeatedly until one perfects the methods whilst simultaneously developing an understanding of the underlying theory behind the methods used. Marks are awarded for each step in the method; hence, it is essential to dissect the method into its individual steps, learn the steps, and then learn to perform the steps in a sequence.

Most universities have clinical skills labs where students have the opportunity to practice clinical skills such as taking blood or mobilizing patients in a safe and controlled environment. It is often very helpful to practice in small groups with colleagues, setting a typical OSCE scenario and timing it with one person role playing a patient, one person doing the task and if possible, one person either observing and commenting on technique or even role playing the examiner using a sample mark sheet. Many OSCE textbooks have sample OSCE stations and mark sheets that can be helpful when studying in the manner. In doing this the candidate is able to get a feel of running to time and working under pressure.

We provide training to the nurses to get registered with National Midwifery Council with a passing percentage of 99% for the last 2 years.

We carry out NMC OSCE training at our office in Hampshire for the eligible candidates by means of our expert Trainers who have handful experience of more than 15+ years in Nursing career with a passing percentage of 98% in every examinations.  We charge @ £ 350/- per candidate for 3 days training and payment shall be done through PayPal or credit card or bank remittance.

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19, 20 & 21 May 2017 - Completed
25, 26 & 27 August - Completed
25, 26 & 27 September - Completed
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