Assessment Methods in Nursing Education

Updated March 23, 2017

In order to become a nurse, you must attend postsecondary classes at a school of nursing. Student nurses take many science classes, such as organic chemistry and physics, as well as attend hands on classes in nursing procedures designed to prepare students for actual nursing practices. During this time, a student nurse's progress should be closely monitored to ensure that she is acquiring the knowledge necessary to be a successful nurse. There are many ways to assess a student's progress.

Fund of Knowledge Assessment

Nursing education is designed to help provide student nurses with a fund of knowledge they can draw upon during the course of their career. Nurses need an understanding of subjects such as chemistry, anatomy and psychology in order to provide the best patient care possible. Student nurses should be subject to periodic tests of their knowledge of essential subjects such as microchemistry and pathophysiology to make sure they have grasped the material adequately. Once a student nurse has graduated, she must pass the National Counsel Licensure Exam (NCLEX) in order to work in the field of nursing. The NCLEX tests a student's understanding of nursing subjects. Periodic undergraduate testing will help a student nurse pass his classes and the state licensing exam.

Close Observation

Included in a nurse's duties is her ability to interact well with patients. A nurse often must interact with patient to determine his medical condition, care for him physically and make sure he understands how to follow a doctor's instructions once he leaves the medical facility. Any assessment of a nurse's abilities should include close observation of her ability to work with patients well. As part of her undergraduate education, a nurse will be required to spend at least one semester working full-time in a hospital setting. Supervising a nurse's work during her clinical education can help make sure the she has mastered the most effective way to communicate with patients.

Demonstration of Procedures

A nursing student must learn certain basic medical procedures during his undergraduate education. Such procedures may include the administration of medication via an intravenous line as well as how to draw blood as painlessly as possible. Nursing students should be able to demonstrate how to perform such procedures on live patients to their instructors. Students should be assessed on how well they follow each step involved.

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