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Evaluating a standardised clinical assessment tool for pre-registration midwifery students: a cross-sectional survey of midwifery students and midwives in Australia

Morrow, Jane, Biggs, Laura, Stelfox, Sara, Phillips, Diane, McKellar, Lois and McLachlan, Helen 2016, Evaluating a standardised clinical assessment tool for pre-registration midwifery students: a cross-sectional survey of midwifery students and midwives in Australia, Women and birth, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 85-92, doi: 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.09.001.

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Title Evaluating a standardised clinical assessment tool for pre-registration midwifery students: a cross-sectional survey of midwifery students and midwives in Australia
Author(s) Morrow, Jane
Biggs, Laura
Stelfox, Sara
Phillips, Diane
McKellar, Lois
McLachlan, Helen
Journal name Women and birth
Volume number 29
Issue number 1
Start page 85
End page 92
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-02
ISSN 1871-5192
Keyword(s) Clinical assessment
Competency
Evaluation
Midwifery education
Summary Abstract
Background: Assessment of clinical competence is a core component of midwifery education. Clinical assessment tools have been developed to help increase consistency and overcome subjectivity of assessment.
Aim: The study had two main aims. The first was to explore midwifery students and educators/clinical midwives’ views and experiences of a common clinical assessment tool used for all preregistration midwifery programmes in Victoria and the University of South Australia. The Second was to assess the need for changes to the tool to align with developments in clinical practice and evidence-based care.
Methods: A cross-sectional, web-based survey including Likert-type scales and open-ended questions was utilised.
Setting: Students enrolled in all four entry pathways to midwifery at seven Victorian and one South Australian University and educators/clinical midwives across both states.
Findings: One hundred and ninety-one midwifery students’ and 86 educators/clinical midwives responded.
Overall, students and educators/clinical midwives were positive about the Clinical Assessment Tool with over 90% reporting that it covered the necessary midwifery skills. Students and educators/clinical midwives reported high levels of satisfaction with the content of the learning tools. Only 4% of educators/clinical midwives and 6% of students rated the Clinical Assessment Tool as poor overall. Changes to some learning tools were necessary in order to reflect recent practice and evidence.
Key conclusions and implications for practice: A common clinical assessment tool for evaluating midwifery students’ clinical practice may facilitate the provision of consistent, reliable and objective assessment of student skills and competency.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2015.09.001
Field of Research 11 Medical And Health Sciences
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079974

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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