How to Pass Your OSCE: A Guide to Success in Nursing and Midwifery, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

How to Pass Your OSCE

A Guide to Success in Nursing and Midwifery, 1st Edition

By Jacqueline Bloomfield, Anne Pegram, Carys Jones


136 pages

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Paperback: 9780273724285
pub: 2010-03-25
Hardback: 9781138138537
pub: 2015-12-22

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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

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction


Meet the authors

Organisation of the book


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


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


Recommended reading

Answers to Activities and Quick Quizzes

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Nursing / General