Nursing Students’ Performance and Feedback on Two Clinical Evaluation Methods in Operating Room: A Quasi-Experimental Study

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Appropriate clinical evaluation methods correct educational errors, improve clinical training, and better judge students’ skills.


The present study aimed to evaluate the effects of using objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) and mini-clinical evaluation exercise (Mini-CEX) on operating room students’ performance and satisfaction.


One group was evaluated by the Mini-CEX method and the other by the OSCE method after random allocation. Feedback was subsequently collected, and data were analyzed using descriptive and analytical statistics.


No significant difference was observed between the 2 groups regarding main demographic variables. The percentage of satisfaction with the evaluation method was higher in the Mini-CEX group, but this difference was insignificant (P > 0.05). The highest satisfaction was obtained for “fairness” in the OSCE group and “skill promotion” in the Mini-CEX group. The least satisfaction in both groups was related to “stressfulness.” The mean of final performance scores was significantly higher in the Mini-CEX group (P < 0.05).


Although both the OSCE and Mini-CEX evaluation methods achieved acceptable satisfaction, the Mini-CEX evaluation method improved the operating room students’ performance in the clinical field. Therefore, this evaluation method is suggested to enhance the operating room students’ clinical skills. 

Educational Research in Medical Sciences, Volume:12 Issue: 1, Jun 2023
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