1st Edition

Passing Your Advanced Nursing OSCE A Guide to Success in Advanced Clinical Skills Assessment

By Helen Ward, Julian Barratt, Navreet Paul Copyright 2009

    This book aims to provide an easily accessible quick reference guide for advanced nursing students preparing to undertake practical examinations to assess advanced clinical practice competence, and students preparing for practical examinations in non-medical prescribing assessment. These examinations are commonly known as objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). The book is a preparation and revision tool, designed to be read in conjunction with any recommended core clinical textbooks: however, along with giving students step-by-step instructions on performing well in OSCE scenarios, it also gives guidance to academic staff on preparing to teach and mark OSCEs. This book uses a case study approach to OSCEs in a coherent, consistent, and easily understandable style. Both authors are clinical academic nurse practitioners who regularly work in clinical practice in conjunction with teaching advanced nurse practitioner and non-medical prescribing students.

    Introduction to the OSCE process. OSCE study skills for students. OSCE preparation for academic staff. History taking OSCE stations. Physical examination OSCE stations. Question and answer OSCE stations. OSCE stations that assess communication skills, conveying information, and treatment and management. Master’s level assessment and the objective structured clinical assessment (OSCA). Non-medical prescribing OSCEs. Marking the OSCE.


    Respectively Principal Lecturer in Non-Medical Prescribing, London South Bank University, Nurse Practitioner, London; Senior Lecturer in Advanced Nursing, London South Bank University, Nurse Practitioner, London