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Can we do a better job with the OSCE?
Athabasca University
NURS 328 Understanding Research
Kari Mardian
October 22, 2013

I have been a Clinical Instructor at Niagara College for the past 2 years. The subject of objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) has been a subject amongst the staff but a constant topic of dialogue with the nursing students. The OSCE is an examination where students demonstrate their competence under a variety of simulated experiences. Students find the process enormously stressful; stress which could in turn adversely affect performance. (Rushworth, 2007). Much research has been done to investigate and support the validity and reliability of OSCE’s in the nursing profession and research supports as far back as the mid 1970’s with medical students.

My research proposal is twofold. If I better understand the process of the OSCE then I can support the students emotionally and academically. If I help them to understand the relevance of the OSCE, then they may achieve “buy-in” and not perceive it as such a stressful part of their nursing education. Problem Statement

1. How can we ...

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