Have OSCEs come of age in nursing education?

Marian Traynor, Despina Galanouli

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This article is intended to contribute to the current debate as to whether the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) should become a standard assessment tool for undergraduate nursing education as they currently are for medicine. The authors describe how one UK university developed an OSCE for a nursing undergraduate programme with the aim of emphasising the need for nursing students to be competent in clinical skills and offering a means of standardising the assessment of these skills. There has been an increasing number of research studies carried out in this area at international level and this article's main contribution to the literature is the description of the Angoff standard-setting procedure that was used to calibrate the OSCE at this University and which makes it the first nursing OSCE in the UK to incorporate a scientific standard-setting procedure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-391
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number7
Early online date07 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015


  • Nursing education, Nursing assessment, Clinical competence, Calibration


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