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Practice makes permanent

| Jan Adams

Nita Johnson and Diane Marcyjanik reviewing OSCE data

After reading an editorial written by Suzie Kardong-Edgren, entitled, A Wake Up Call…with an Objective Structured Clinical Examination, Clinical Instructor and Simulation Lab Coordinator, Nita Johnson, MSN, RN came to the realization that CONHS students should be given more opportunities to refresh concepts and clinical skills learned in earlier semesters through mini simulation experiences and assessments, thus OSCE.

An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) is a type of simulation examination often used in the health sciences to test clinical skill performance and competence. An observer scores each student as they rotate through several scenarios. Although time intensive for both faculty and students, research is demonstrating that this evaluation provides critical feedback to both.

Johnson presented a proposal to nursing department faculty in spring 2013 with a timeline for a pilot study and implementation. Two pilot studies, held in the spring 2014 and fall 2014 were very successful. The OSCE was then added to second semester senior year curriculum to be implemented spring, 2016.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Diane Marcyjanik, EdS, MSN, RN and PhD candidate also became deeply involved in the project and it is now the focus of her doctoral work. Marcyjanik and Johnson collaborated on a presentation, Use of Objective Structured Clinical Examination in a Senior Baccalaureate Nursing Course for Assessment of the End-of-Program Outcomes, which was accepted by The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau's Biennial Conference scheduled for this November.