An evaluation of an assessment tool for clinical practice from the nurse preceptors’ perspective: a scoping review

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Clinical practice provides nursing students with the opportunity to practice nursing skills, enabling them to adapt to professional roles in the clinical setting. Practicing nursing skills in the clinical setting facilitates the integration of theoretical knowledge and practical skills among nursing students. Assessment is also critical to provide feedback and to gather information about learning and measure performance, which can be used to confirm the outcome and competency among nursing students. Importantly it also determines their eligibility to be placed on a professional nursing register. Preceptors have an important responsibility in assessing the learning outcomes that must be achieved by nursing students in clinical practice. Considering the importance of the role of the preceptors, it is important to explore how nursing preceptors view competence assessment.
To explore and synthesis the existing evidence regarding assessment of competence and assessment methods and the preparedness of nursing preceptors to assess competency of nursing students in clinical practice.
The review was conducted by the research team. A five-stage methodological framework (Arksey and O'Malley, 2005), the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis Extension for Scoping Reviews (PRISMA-ScR) and Joanna Briggs Institute data extraction tool were followed.
The initial search result through all databases resulted in 8237 publications. The review included 34
studies published between 2008 and 2022
• There was a variation in the definitions of competence.
• A lack of inconsistency among assessment instruments and approaches.
• Nursing Preceptors and Educators face challenges during the assessment of students’ competence.
Discussion and Conclusion:
The results of this scoping review can be used by nurse educators to help design competency tools. It is important that the views of preceptors are considered when designing tools for the assessment of competency.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted - 13 Apr 2023
EventRCN Congress 2023 -
Duration: 14 May 202318 May 2023


ConferenceRCN Congress 2023
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