Whether teaching in the classroom, online environment, or clinical setting, at some point in time nurse educators need to assess students' learning and performance. The teacher may write test items; prepare tests and analyze their results; develop rating scales and other clinical evaluation methods; observe performance in simulation, the skills lab, and clinical practice; and plan other strategies for assessing learning. Many nurses teach students in the clinical setting and serve as preceptors, gaining essential teaching experience. Few nurse educators, however, are prepared to assess learning, develop test items, prepare and score tests, evaluate and rate clinical performance, develop other assessment methods, and plan program evaluation. Tests and other assessment methods are used to make high stakes decisions in nursing: the teacher needs to assure those methods are valid and reliable and are developed based on sound principles. This fourth edition of Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education serves as:
- A resource for teachers in nursing education programs and health care agencies
- A textbook for graduate students preparing for their roles as nurse educators
- A guide for nurses in clinical practice who teach others and are responsible for evaluating their learning and performance
- A resource for other health professionals involved in assessment, testing, and evaluation.
Many nurses precept students, new graduates, and nurses new to the unit and clinical agency. They have a major role in guiding their learning and development of clinical competencies, and in evaluating their performance. We hope that nurses (and clinical teachers at all levels of nursing education) read our chapters on clinical evaluation. We present best practices for evaluating learning and clinical performance with examples of the many evaluation methods for use in nursing and other health professions. In this edition we also address how teachers can integrate quality and safety competencies into their clinical teaching and assessment.
To be an effective teacher, you need to be an expert in your substantive area; have good instructional skills (e.g., you are well organized, your explanations are clear and understood by learners, etc.); have strong interpersonal and communication skills; serve as a role model for students and new graduates; and be enthusiastic and motivate students. Equally important are your abilities to assess learning and performance in the classroom, online courses, the simulation and skills lab, and the clinical setting. Our new edition is an essential resource for you.