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Assessing competence in undergraduate nursing students: The Amalgamated Students Assessment in Practice model


Zasadny, MF and Bull, RM, Assessing competence in undergraduate nursing students: The Amalgamated Students Assessment in Practice model, Nurse Education in Practice, 15, (2) pp. 126-133. ISSN 1471-5953 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2015.01.003


Assessment of competence is characterised by ambiguity and inconsistency despite its critical role in assessing readiness for entry to the nursing profession. In 2012 the Amalgamated Student Assessment in Practice (ASAP) model and tool were developed and trialled within an Australian University.

Developed in response to the inadequacies of existing tools to assess competence, the ASAP model offers an integrated multilayered assessment that is designed to enable focussed diagnosis of practice deficits and implementation of targeted support.

The ASAP model was evaluated by gathering clinical facilitator and student feedback over two 13-week semesters during practice and formal meetings, as well as review of student performance data.

The ASAP model functioned effectively as an assessment tool, focussed diagnostic tool, removal from Professional Experience Placement (PEP) support tool and a framework for documenting evidence. Student failure rates decreased and the number of complaints and successful appeals was reduced.

The ASAP model offers comprehensive focussed assessment of nursing students' performance in practice. It supports both formative and summative feedback and can be used to accurately identify specific areas of practice deficiency requiring redirection and support. It is transferable across settings and assessors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:nurse education, assessment, competence, undergraduate nursing, health, clinical practice
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Zasadny, MF (Mr Mark Zasadny)
UTAS Author:Bull, RM (Professor Rosalind Bull)
ID Code:97980
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-01-23
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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