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NEW ZEALAND ASSESSMENT PLANNING

The following is an illustration of Assessment Specifications with Learning Outcomes, Performance (Assessment) Criteria and Assessment Tasks.

The examples are taken from the Auckland Institute of Technology, New Zealand - Diploma in Nursing programme.

The first example relates to a Module entitled “Introduction to Nursing”, which is completed by nursing students in the first year of their 3 year programme of study.

The second example relates to a Module entitled “Transition to Practice”, which aims to integrate previous learning and is completed over a one semester (17 weeks) timeframe as the final module in the 3 year full time Diploma in Nursing programme.

The two examples also illustrate the selection of assessment tasks appropriate to the level of the student and stage of the programme.

These examples have been provided by Ms Mary MacMamis, Principal Lecturer, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Auckland Institute of Technology.

DIPLOMA IN NURSING: MODULE 2 INTRODUCTION TO NURSING

MODULE AIMS

· To facilitate student development of skills in reflection, problem solving and critical thinking as a basis for nursing practice.

· To allow the student to begin the process of socialisation into the profession of nursing by an introduction to the theory and practice of nursing.

· To create an opportunity for student to work with clients in a manner that reflects caring.

· To stimulate student to investigate how society functions and maintains its own health.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Through learning experiences in a variety of settings the student will:

Identify and begin to examine the structures and systems that New Zealand society has constructed to manage the health needs of its population and the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi in developing this service.

ASSESSMENT
3,4b

Examine health policies and practices in New Zealand within the political, social, cultural and economic context.

3,4b

Explore the relationship between health problems/issues and lifestyle.

2,4a

Discuss the concept of community and how a community maintains its health.

4b

Recognise the similarities and differences in the structure, function and dynamics of families in New Zealand society.

4b

Investigate how individuals and families access health resources in the community.

2

Identify the role and practice of nurses and begin to appreciate the political, social, economic and cultural context in which nursing takes place.

2,4b

Begin to apply legislation, ethics and research to professional nursing practice.

2,4a

Assess clients by observing their health status, collecting relevant information and making reasonable conclusions about their health and the necessity for nursing care.

1,2,4a

Plan nursing care with assistance from teachers.

2,4

Implement nursing care in collaboration with a teacher, clinical nursing staff and client.

2,4a

Practise and develop competence in nursing skills within clinical areas.

2,4c

Begin to appreciate and utilise the caring element in nursing practice.

2,4b

Communicate effectively with clients using helping relationship skills at a beginning level.

1,2

Communicate with colleagues and health care team members to ensure continuity and relevance of nursing care.

2

Continue to develop written and information skills necessary for nursing practice.

1,2,4a & c

ASSESSMENT

PERFORMANCE (ASSESSMENT) CRITERIA

1) Clinical (Practical) Assessment: Performance of a health assessment on a client.

· Collects adequate data in an appropriate manner.
· Accurately determines client problems.
· Uses appropriate communication skills.

2) Clinical (Practical) Assessment: Clinical performance at the end of clinical(practical) experience.

· Evaluates clinical performance accurately.
· Communicates effectively and therapeutically with clients.
· Interacts and communicates effectively within a health care setting.
· Shows an ability to think critically within nursing practice.
· Uses effective problem solving in managing clinical situations.
· Shows valuing and ethical behaviour appropriate for nursing practice.
· Demonstrates caring nursing practice.
· Shows a commitment to nursing practice recognising professional and political issues.

3) Written assignment: New Zealand Health planning issue.

· Shows understanding of subject.
· Reflects beginning critical analysis skills.

4) Comprehensive Examination including:


a) Short Answers

· Shows knowledge and understanding
· Demonstrates effective nursing care.
· Indicates safe care within legal constraints.

b) Essay Answers

· Shows understanding of concepts.
· Answers topic with sufficient information and to an appropriate level.
· Shows appropriate language and writing skills.

c) Demonstration of a nursing skill (practical)

· Demonstrates skills safely and effectively.

DIPLOMA IN NURSING - MODULE 6: TRANSITION TO PRACTICE

MODULE AIMS

· To facilitate the process of transition from student to registered nurse.

· To enable the student to consolidate and integrate previous knowledge and skills to develop an understanding of the complex nature of nursing practice.

· To provide experiences which will enable students to demonstrate achievement of the outcomes of the Diploma in Nursing Programme.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Through learning experiences the student will:

Show an ability to practise nursing in an autonomous professional manner.

ASSESSMENT
1

Identify the parameters of own practice and show proficiency in self assessment.

1,4

Continue to develop skills as a reflective practitioner.

1,3,4

Critically examine the quality of nursing within a specified practice area recognising how it is influenced by the environment within which it occurs.

1,4

Practise professional nursing within an appropriate legal ethical and cultural framework.

1

Explore the concept of ‘caring’ as a basic component of nursing practice.

3

Care for clients with complex and/or multifaceted disorders.

1,4

Understand and use technology as appropriate for client’s care.

1,4

Demonstrate an ability to manage a client load appropriate for a beginning practitioner.

1

Critique the appropriateness of different models of nursing practice for specific clinical practice areas.

1,3,4

Engage in praxis and incorporate research into nursing.

1,2,3,4

Begin to develop own theory of nursing.

1.3

Show an awareness of how to effect change in the social, political and professional problems that influence health care and nursing.

1,2

Analyse power structures and the values that are evident in health institutions and nursing practice.

1,2,3,4

Examine changes and current issues in health care.

1,2

Become aware of the options available to registered nurses to enhance their career and the profession of nursing.

2

ASSESSMENT

PERFORMANCE (ASSESSMENT) CRITERIA

1) Clinical performance assessment(practical)

· Evaluates clinical performance accurately
· Communicates effectively and therapeutically with clients.
· Interacts and communicates effectively within a health care setting.
· Shows an ability to think critically within nursing practice.
· Uses effective problem solving in managing clinical situations.
· Shows valuing and ethical behaviour appropriate for nursing practice.
· Demonstrates caring nursing practice.
· Shows a commitment to nursing
· Recognises professional and political issues within practice.

2) Group project - written and oral assessment:
Influencing change on health policies or legislation.

· Critically analyses issues arising from the topic.
· Presents submission in accepted written format.
· Verbal presentation supports written submission.
· Interacts and participates effectively in a group.

3) Written assignment ‘caring’ component of nursing practice.

· Writes literature review to an academic standard.
· Shows awareness of the meaning of caring.
· Evaluates caring nursing practice.
· Evaluates own performance accurately.

4) Client Care Study (Written)

· Reflects understanding of scientific basis of client’s problems and their treatment.
· Explores the impact of this experience on the client and/or significant others.
· Critically reflects on the effectiveness of care given.
· Assess own performance accurately.