An implementation framework for using OSCEs in nursing curricula

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Nurse Education Today, 2013, 33 (12), pp. 1459 - 1461
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OSCEs are a regular component of nursing, midwifery and medical programs in Australia and internationally. Best practice guidelines have been established to assist with their incorporation into the curriculum (Nulty, et al., 2011). They can be a valuable strategy for determining 'fitness to practice' in the clinical setting, however, there is little guidance about how to effectively implement them. This commentary draws on the experience of trialling best practice guidelines that were used to review OSCEs currently being used across three diverse education programs (post registration rural and remote nursing, undergraduate midwifery, and undergraduate nursing). Trialling of guidelines was funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching,2012). The proposed implementation framework emerged through shared experiences of the project leader, project officer, participating leads from education facilities offering the programs, and observations and feedback from project members familiar with OSCEs.
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