Undergraduate nursing students' perspectives on clinical assessment at transition to practice
2015 (English)In: Contemporary Nurse: health care across the lifespan, ISSN 1037-6178, E-ISSN 1839-3535, Vol. 51, no 2-3, 272-285 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
BACKGROUND: Assessment of clinical competence requires explicitly defined standards meeting the national standards of the nursing profession. This is a complex process because of the diverse nature of nursing practice.
OBJECTIVES: To explore the perceptions of final-year undergraduate nursing students regarding clinical assessment at transition to practice.
METHODS: An exploratory qualitative approach was adopted. Twenty-four students participated in three focus group discussions. Thematic analysis was conducted.
FINDINGS: Five themes emerged: the need for a valid and reliable clinical assessment tool, the need for a flexible style of reflection and specific feedback, the dynamic clinical learning environment, students' efforts in learning and assessment, and the unclear support system for preceptors.
CONCLUSIONS: Workload, time, resource availability, adequate preparation of preceptors, and the provision of valid and reliable clinical assessment tools were deemed to influence the quality of students' clinical learning and assessment. Nursing leadership in hospitals and educational institutions has a joint responsibility in shaping the clinical learning environment and providing clinical assessments for the students.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 51, no 2-3, 272-285 p.
clinical assessment; clinical nursing education; transition to practice; undergraduate nursing students
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-29933DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2016.1163232ISI: 000375908400013PubMedID: 26956057Local ID: HHJCHILDISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-29933DiVA: diva2:929132