The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is a type of exam designed to test the clinical skills and professional competencies of future medical professionals. OSCEs are a useful way to assess competence at pre-registration and postgraduate levels.
Good preparation for an OSCE is vital for both those running the assessments and for students. Used effectively, OSCEs can help students gain confidence to use their skills in their clinical work.
The assessment of knowledge and skills plays an important part in student nurses’ progression though pre-registration programmes because they need to demonstrate competency and confidence in the performance of clinical skills.
We offer an extensively designed OSCE preparation class that will help you build your confidence with the strategies and your critical thinking to ace the examination.
The OSCE RN evaluates a candidate’s practical skills for a specific clinical scenario. Here are some of the practical skills that a candidate could possibly encounter on OSCE exam:
- Hand hygiene
- Drug calculation
- Aseptic Non-Touch Technique (ANTT)
- Safe disposal of sharps
- Medication administration
- Patient identification
- Intravenous therapy
All these and many more skills are best learned with Nurse Assist International. Our educators are expert in this field and are in line with the trends and updates by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Effective communication with clients is also crucial to ensure the right diagnosis and treatment plans for them. During the test, an assessor will observe the interaction between the simulated client and OSCE candidate and assess the candidate’s verbal, non-verbal, and written communication techniques such as:
- Clear explanation of care, diagnosis, investigations and/or treatments
- Encourage patient involvement in decision-making
- Communication with relatives or other health care professionals
- Active listening
- Providing clear instructions
- Clear documentation
Once cleared with OSCE, an OBA candidate can proceed to apply for Australian Nursing Registration with AHPRA and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).