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 Volume 11, Issue 1 (January 2024), Pages: 102-108


 Original Research Paper

Evaluation of the objective structured clinical examination by the nursing students


 Maria Blesilda B. Llaguno 1, Jay N. Ablao 2, *, Aida Domantay 2, Edwin C. Cancino 3


 1Nursing Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Faisal University, Hofuf, Saudi Arabia
 2Department of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, University of Tabuk, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
 3Public Health Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Faisal University, Hofuf, Saudi Arabia

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The objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) represents a pivotal innovation in the assessment of clinical proficiency within nursing education. This method is crucial as nurses are anticipated to exhibit competence across diverse healthcare settings, ensuring comprehensive, safe, and high-quality care throughout the patient's lifespan. A key challenge in evaluating clinical competence lies in the inherent subjectivity and complexity of the task. This demands educators to perpetually seek and refine tools apt for gauging nursing competence. Our study, a descriptive cross-sectional analysis encompassing 150 undergraduate nursing students, utilized a modified standardized survey questionnaire to appraise student perceptions of their OSCE experiences. Findings indicate a predominant classification of the OSCE as "good," with a notable preference for the planning phase over the implementation phase. Pre-test orientation was highly valued, whereas the provision of materials was critiqued. Gender and academic year were identified as significant variables influencing OSCE evaluations, particularly in the implementation phase and regarding examiner roles. This research offers foundational insights for future studies aiming to enhance OSCE methodology and substantiates the necessity of integrating OSCE into nursing curricula for robust clinical competence assessment.

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 Nursing education, Clinical competence, Objective structured clinical examination, Student perception, Educational assessment

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 Received 2 August 2023, Received in revised form 20 December 2023, Accepted 27 December 2023


The authors would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the respondents of this study who answered the survey.

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 Ethical considerations

Before starting this undertaking, administrative clearance was initially sought, followed by an ethical clearance from the Research Ethics Committee at the Department of Nursing, Research Unit Log No. RU-0011 shows that the students will not be exposed to any risks during the study. The respondents’ participation in the study was strictly voluntary, and the completion of the questionnaire was used to verify participants’ consent to participate in the study. Respondents were assured of the confidentiality of the data taken and will only be used solely for the purpose mentioned.

 Conflict of interest: The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.


 Llaguno MBB, Ablao JN, Domantay A, and Cancino EC (2024). Evaluation of the objective structured clinical examination by the nursing students. International Journal of Advanced and Applied Sciences, 11(1): 102-108

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