Experiences of nursing students and examiners with the Objective Structured Clinical Examination method in physical assessment education: A mixed methods study.

Affiliation

Department of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

This study explores the experiences of undergraduate nursing students and examiners with the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) as an evaluation of physical assessment skills. A mixed methods approach captures participants' perceptions and experiences with the OSCE. The sample consisted of 55 students enrolled in the physical assessment course and eight external examiners. Data were collected using a standardized questionnaire and focus group interviews, using semi-structured questions, recorded and transcribed for thematic analysis. Quantitative data were analyzed using SPSS software. Results indicated that participants regarded the OSCE as a valuable assessment tool that enhances in-depth learning and preparation of students for clinical practice. Participants also perceived the exam to be a stressful experience, citing the need for more time on examination stations. Recommendations for improving the OSCE process included extending preparation prior to the exam, training of simulated patients, adopting a blended learning model, and upgrading the setting of the exam. This paper supports evidence of the value of the OSCE as an appraisal of physical assessment skills in undergraduate nursing education.

Keywords

Blended learning,Mixed method study,Nursing undergraduate education,Objective structured clinical exam,

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