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Nursing students' experiences of assessment by the Swedish National Clinical Final Examination
Department of Health Science, Lund university.
Department of Health Sciences, Lund University.
Sophiahemmet University College, Stockholm.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0417-6161
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2013 (English)In: Nurse Education Today, ISSN 0260-6917, E-ISSN 1532-2793, Vol. 33, no 5, 536-540 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Swedish National Clinical Final Examination (NCFE) was established in 2007 in order to examine nursing students' clinical competence upon completing their Bachelor's degree in nursing. The NCFE constitutes an innovative method of examination, divided into two parts: a written and bedside test. The aim of this study was to evaluate nursing students' experiences of being assessed by means of the NCFE, in order to obtain information that could be used to improve the examination. A survey was conducted using a questionnaire with open-ended questions concerning the written and the bedside part of the NCFE. The answers from 577 third-year nursing students were analysed using content analysis. The nursing students regarded the NCFE as promoting further learning and as an important means of quality assurance. Its comprehensive nature was perceived to tie the education together and contributed to the students' awareness of their own clinical competence. The strengths of the NCFE especially highlighted were its high degree of objectivity and the fact that it took place in a natural setting. However, the students felt that the NCFE did not cover the entire nursing programme and that it caused stress. It thus appears to be important to reconsider the written theoretical part of the examination and to standardise the bedside part.

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2013. Vol. 33, no 5, 536-540 p.
Keyword [en]
Education, Nursing students, Assessment, Survey, Questionnaire, Content analysis
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Nursing
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Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-12578DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2011.12.004ISI: 000319539300017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-12578DiVA: diva2:512397
Available from: 2012-03-27 Created: 2012-03-27 Last updated: 2016-11-24Bibliographically approved

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