|Learning Objective #1: The inconsistencies encountered with assessing students in clinical practice|
|Learning Objective #2: The educational needs of nurses who assess students in clinical practice|
In clinical education assessment of students in clinical practice is imperative in order to ensure that those who become registered nurses are safe and competent practitioners. Since the introduction of degree level nursing education to colleges of higher education in
Concurrent with the introduction of these new assessment strategies, clinical practitioners (preceptor nurses) have been assigned with the responsibility of conducting clinical assessments. Preceptor nurses assess students as they progress through the different levels and stages of learning from year one to year four of the BSc undergraduate programme.
Aim The aim of this study was to describe the extent to which preceptor nurses use educational assessment criteria to assess the clinical performance of BSc undergraduate general, psychiatric and intellectual disability nursing students.
Using a quantitative descriptive approach a 24-item questionnaire was developed, 970 questionnaires were distributed to preceptors working with BSc undergraduate students. From a response rate of 48.5%, preceptor nurses use of educational assessment criteria was determined. Data was analysed using SPSS (Version,13.0)