Evidence to Guide your Clinical Evaluation

Evidence to Guide your Clinical Evaluation

This presentation examines clinical evaluation in nursing and challenges in observing students’ performance and making decisions about competence. The session includes discussion about the tool used for clinical evaluation, typical competencies on clinical evaluation tools, rating scales, and preparing clinical educators for using the tool. Other strategies for assessing students’ learning such as written assignments and post clinical conferences are examined. A summary of the research and other evidence related to clinical evaluation in nursing is integrated throughout the presentation. By understanding the evidence and recognizing gaps in our knowledge about clinical evaluation, nurse educators can make informed decisions about how they assess students’ learning and performance in the clinical setting.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe challenges in and guidelines for observing and evaluating students’ performance in the clinical setting.
  • Summarize evidence to guide tool development and clinical evaluation practices in nursing education.
  • Examine use of other assessment methods to supplement observation and rating of performance.


Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN is the Thelma M. Ingles Professor of Nursing at Duke University School of Nursing. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Educator and the Journal of Nursing Care Quality. Dr. Oermann is the author/co-author of 21 books, 190 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and many other types of publications. Her current books are (1) Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education; (2) Writing for Publication in Nursing; (3) Clinical Teaching Strategies in Nursing; and (4) Teaching in Nursing and Role of the Educator: The Complete Guide to Best Practice in Teaching, Evaluation, and Curriculum Development. She is the editor of the book, A Systematic Approach to Assessment and Evaluation of Nursing Programs, and she edited 6 volumes of the Annual Review of Nursing Education. Dr. Oermann is a member of the American Academy of Nursing and National League for Nursing (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education. She received the NLN Award for Excellence in Nursing Education Research, the Sigma Theta Tau International Elizabeth Russell Belford Award for Excellence in Education, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award, and the Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing from the International Academy of Nursing Editors.