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The objective of this article was to exchange knowledge in assessing Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) to evaluate clinical skills of the 4th year nursing students in Primary Medical Care Practicum. The Boromarajonnani College of Nursing, Bangkok began to use OSCE to assess clinical skills of nursing students after the end of practical training in the academic year 2015. The skills that need to be evaluated was suture skill. The results of OSCE showed that among 212 students, 69.34% passed the exam and 30.66% failed the exam. The test results and suggestions from the nurse faculty and students was taken to improve the OSCE arrangement. In the academic year 2016, two skills for OSCE examinations, suture and abdominal examination, were arranged. The results revealed that the suture skills of 177 students, 58.76%, was passed and 41.24% was failed the examination. For the abdominal examination skills, 57.63% was passed and 42.37% was failed the examination.
The lessons learned from the OSCE arrangement can be concluded that the clinical skill evaluation in nursing students is essential for comprehensive evaluation. The results from the OSCE could be used as a guide to improve practical teaching and learning. Success factors contributed to good preparation of the nurse faculty in term of content, situations, locations, teaching materials, and assessment forms, which must be consistent. The OSCE arrangement in the Primary Medical Care Practicum contributed to better clinical skills in the nursing students.
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