Reliability and Validity of OSCE in Evaluating Clinical Skills of Nursing Students

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Marzieh Moattari 1 , * , S Abdollah-zargar 2 , M Mousavinasab 3 , N Zare 4 , P Beygi Marvdast 2

1 Associate professor, Faculty of Nursing, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

2 Instructor, Faculty of Nursing, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

3 Professor, Psychiatric Department, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

4 Associate professor,Department of Statistcs, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

How to Cite: Moattari M, Abdollah-zargar S, Mousavinasab M, Zare N, Beygi Marvdast P. Reliability and Validity of OSCE in Evaluating Clinical Skills of Nursing Students, J Med Edu. 2009 ; 13(3):e105405. doi: 10.22037/jme.v13i3.4514.

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Journal of Medical Education: 13 (3); e105405
Published Online: May 25, 2013
Article Type: Brief Report
Received: May 25, 2013
Accepted: May 25, 2013
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Abstract

Background: Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) is one of the most preferable means of evaluating cognitive, emotional and psychomotor aspects of nursing students. The present study wasdesigned to determine the reliability and validity of OSCE in evaluating clinical skills of nursing students.Materials and methods: For this descriptive evaluative study, 10 different skills of nursing students were selected. Then, 37 students performed these skills at 10 different OSCE stations, during which two experienced inspectors evaluated their performance. Finally, the correlation between OSCE scores and the mean theoretical and clinical performance scores of students was calculated. Meanwhile, the correlation between the total OSCE scores whit OSCE score of each station was determined. Inspector’sreliability (correlation between scores reported by inspectors at each station) was also calculated.Results: The correlation coefficient of OSCE scores and mean theoretical and clinical performance scores were 0.38 (p=0.031) and 0.52 (p=0.005), respectively. Correlation coefficient of inspectors' reliability was in a range of 0.38-0.95.Conclusion: OSCE in strongly suggested as a reliable and valid means of evaluating nursing students’ clinical skills.

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