Using OSCAs to assess graduate perioperative nurses: an exploration and analysis of the literature

Ralph, Nicholas and Norris, Philip (2012) Using OSCAs to assess graduate perioperative nurses: an exploration and analysis of the literature. ACORN: The Journal of Perioperative Nursing in Australia, 25 (4). pp. 14-16. ISSN 1448-7535


This review of the literature aims to explore the appropriateness of the OSCA as method of assessment for graduate perioperative nurses. The methodology used involved searches of the following databases: CINAHL & Science Direct. The terms used in the search were, OSCE; OSCA; competenc* AND nurs* assess*/measure*/evaluat*; graduate nurse assess*; Benner AND assess* and 'Bondy rat* scale from January 2001–August 2011. Strict inclusion and exclusion criteria were applied. This resulted in the inclusion of ten papers. These papers predominantly addressed the need to define clinical competence, the lack of appropriate measurement instruments used in OSCAs – specifically; the reliability, validity and establishment of more rigorous methods used to define success in OSCAs. The paper concludes by finding that the literature does not achieve consensus regarding the definition of competence nor does it identify appropriate measurement instruments. Gaps and contradictions in the literature are evident leavings doubts over the reliability of using OSCAs as a means to determine the notion of 'clinical competence'. Longitudinal studies are needed to define clinical competence and to track the use and relevance of OSCAs in the clinical setting.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2014 12:09
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2018 06:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: clinical competence; competence assessment
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing

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