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Thumbs up for clinical examinations for nurses

For the past three years all future nurses at Halmstad University must undergo a final examination in their last term. Part of the examination is theory and part is practical. It is the national and newly developed clinical examination that has received such good response according to the evaluations and assessments. Several other institutes are now following suit.

Kristina Zeigert, university lecturer in nursing, has been responsible for the carrying out of the project's examinations in Halmstad.

"The idea with the examination is to guarantee the quality of the education in Sweden. The exam implies that the same demands are required irrespective of which institute you belong to. The students must feel safe in knowing that they have the clinical competence which is required in this occupation," says Kristina.

Permanent feature

The examinations started in some institutes as an experiment in 2004, in which Halmstad University joined in 2006. One year later the examination became a permanent feature of the education. It is today used by 13 of the country's institutes and several more are on the way to join.

The examination has been evaluated during the autumn of 2010 of all the institutes that have NKSE (National Clinical Final Examination) which includes, of course, Halmstad. The results show that all the participants are happy, from the students, doctors, examiners to the nurses responsible for grading. All groups agree that the examination corresponds with the targets a newly examined nurse is expected to reach.

"The students feel that they obtain proof of their knowledge; therefore they feel more confident in themselves. The students have an objectively independent examination", says Kristina Zeigert, one of the five researchers behind the evaluations.

Being judged as a nurse

The exam, which was inspired by the doctor's AT-test, is in two parts: written and practical. The idea of the practical part is that the student, for 3 hours, shall work independently with patients under the observation of qualified and independent nurses. Nurses carry out judgement through guaranteed quality required and validated criteria on whether the student meets the required level in a health care environment.

"This is also an important indicator for us at the University,  - how well have we succeeded in getting across the required knowledge? Which areas do we need to improve? " says Kristina Zeigert.

The evaluations show the test has contributed to a closer contact between the institutes and the Health Care.

"People talk about knowledge in a new way. The meeting of teaching institutes and working institutes enabling us to discuss the important issues of the education has been a major success", says Kristina Zeigert.


Zeigert, Kristina

Kristina Zeigert has been responsible for the carrying out of examinations in Halland.

Updated 2018-02-21