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Use of a National Clinical Final Examination in a Bachelor’s Programme in Nursing to Assess Clinical Competence—Students’, Lecturers’ and Nurses’ Perceptions

Johansson, Unn-Britt; Lilja Andersson, Petra LU ; Larsson, Maria; Ziegert, Kristina and Ahlner-Elmqvist, Marianne LU (2014) In Open Journal of Nursing 2014(4). p.501-511
Abstract
Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the perceptions of students, lecturers, nurses

and clinical lecturers regarding the ability of the National Clinical Final Examination (NCFE) to assess

clinical competence, and whether the assessment was consistent with the qualifications for a

Bachelor of Science in Nursing as outlined by the Swedish Higher Education Authority. The NCFE is

divided into two parts (written and bedside) and aims to evaluate third-year nursing students’

clinical competence. Methods: Data were collected at 10 universities using study-specific questionnaires.

The total response rate was 84% (n = 1652). Results: The clinical lecturers indicated... (More)
Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the perceptions of students, lecturers, nurses

and clinical lecturers regarding the ability of the National Clinical Final Examination (NCFE) to assess

clinical competence, and whether the assessment was consistent with the qualifications for a

Bachelor of Science in Nursing as outlined by the Swedish Higher Education Authority. The NCFE is

divided into two parts (written and bedside) and aims to evaluate third-year nursing students’

clinical competence. Methods: Data were collected at 10 universities using study-specific questionnaires.

The total response rate was 84% (n = 1652). Results: The clinical lecturers indicated that

there was a need for improvement in the written part of the examination in order to adequately assess

clinical competence. Regarding the bedside part the clinical lecturers, nurses and students

perceived that the bedside part of the examination assessed whether the student had the clinical

competence required by a newly registered nurse. Conclusion: The two-part examination described

in this study was perceived as useful for assessing clinical competence and for the qualification

requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as outlined by the Swedish Higher Education

Authority. However, especially the written part requires further development. The model and

form of assessment ought to be applicable to graduate nursing programme internationally. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the perceptions of students, lecturers, nurses<br/><br>
and clinical lecturers regarding the ability of the National Clinical Final Examination (NCFE) to assess<br/><br>
clinical competence, and whether the assessment was consistent with the qualifications for a<br/><br>
Bachelor of Science in Nursing as outlined by the Swedish Higher Education Authority. The NCFE is<br/><br>
divided into two parts (written and bedside) and aims to evaluate third-year nursing students’<br/><br>
clinical competence. Methods: Data were collected at 10 universities using study-specific questionnaires.<br/><br>
The total response rate was 84% (n = 1652). Results: The clinical lecturers indicated that<br/><br>
there was a need for improvement in the written part of the examination in order to adequately assess<br/><br>
clinical competence. Regarding the bedside part the clinical lecturers, nurses and students<br/><br>
perceived that the bedside part of the examination assessed whether the student had the clinical<br/><br>
competence required by a newly registered nurse. Conclusion: The two-part examination described<br/><br>
in this study was perceived as useful for assessing clinical competence and for the qualification<br/><br>
requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as outlined by the Swedish Higher Education<br/><br>
Authority. However, especially the written part requires further development. The model and<br/><br>
form of assessment ought to be applicable to graduate nursing programme internationally.},
  author       = {Johansson, Unn-Britt and Lilja Andersson, Petra and Larsson, Maria and Ziegert, Kristina and Ahlner-Elmqvist, Marianne},
  issn         = {2162-5336},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {501--511},
  publisher    = {Scientific Research},
  series       = {Open Journal of Nursing},
  title        = {Use of a National Clinical Final Examination in a Bachelor’s Programme in Nursing to Assess Clinical Competence—Students’, Lecturers’ and Nurses’ Perceptions},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ojn.2014.47053},
  volume       = {2014},
  year         = {2014},
}