The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) was developed for all undergraduate nursing programmes, with the aim of emphasising the need for nursing students to be competent in clinical skills, to assess clinical reasoning skills and as a means of standardizing the assessment process. This practical, easy to read and interactive study guide helps nursing and midwifery students at all levels to maximise their chances of success with OSCEs. It features case studies, quick quizzes, recap and recall summaries and an OSCE preparation plan; all of which help to prepare the student for the examination. Hints and tips on what to expect during the examination and pointers on what the examiner will be looking for, together with a comprehensive chapter on personal learning will help to guide the student through the process and maximise their chances of success! "Very readable with useful tips and information for students" Cath Hill, Keele University "I found the book extremely relevant from the students' perspective, reader friendly and well structured. Quizzes and activities excellent."
- Liz Day, Senior Lecturer, Nursing and Health Care Practice, University of Derby "A useful and easily digested text on this important assessment strategy", Ms. Karen Lumsden, Faculty of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, Canterbury Christchurch University "Useful for students as they prepare...Easy to read and understand." Kirsty Wedgbury, Faculty of Health and Community Care, Birmingham City University
Chapter One: Introduction Welcome Meet the authors Organisation of the book Glossary Chapter Two: What is an OSCE? So what is an OSCE? Activity 2.1 The OSCE acronym Objective (O) Structured (S) Activity 2.2 Clinical (C) Activity 2.3 Examination (E) Knowing, Showing, Doing Now what? Types of OSCES Why do OSCEs differ? Recap and Recall Quick Quiz Chapter Three: EssentialPrinciples underpinning OSCES Essential principles underpinning performance and behaviour Activity 3.1 Infection control Activity 3.2 Safe Practice Accurate documentation and record keeping Activity 3.3 Effective communication Activity 3.4 Maintenance of dignity and respect Putting it into practice Activity 3.5 Recap and Recall Quick Quiz Chapter Four: Personallearning and preparation for the OSCE Being an effectivelearner Activity 4.1 Why and how do we learn? Activity 4.2 Being strategic Activity 4.3 Looking for cues Activity 4.4 Activity 4.5 Cognitive aspects of learning Activity 4.6 Affective aspects of learning Activity 4.7 What is the examiner looking for? Activity 4.8 Activity 4.9 Study hints and tips for the OSCE Recap and Recall Quick Quiz Chapter Five: Preparing forthe OSCE What you know at this stage Essential elements of an OSCE Timing Demonstrating skill and knowledge Your professional attitude and behaviour Knowledge, Motor skills, Attitude, Structure (KMAS) Example 1: Hand hygiene Activity 5.1 Example 2: Calculating Body Mass Index (BMI) Activity 5.2 Example 3: Assessment of the eye Activity 5.3 What is the examiner expecting from you at the OSCE? How to achieve a pass grade Why KMAS is important Activity 5.4 Activity 5.5 How do you feel about doing an OSCE? Activity 5.6 Preparation is key to success! How to prepare for the day of the OSCE Countdown to the OSCE day Recap and Recall Quick Quiz Chapter Six: The OSCEExperience What's it like to take an OSCE? The student perspective Activity 6.1 Your OSCE preparation Activity 6.2 Ten top tips from students The examiner's perspective Activity 6.3 Ten top tips from examiners Avoiding common pitfalls What does it feel like to be unsuccessful in an OSCE? Moving on from the OSCE experience Activity 6.4 What happened if you are unsuccessful? Activity 6.5 Some final comments: the OSCE rewards Recap and Recall Quick Quiz References Recommended reading Answers to Activities and Quick Quizzes