Development of a nursing-specific Mini-CEX and evaluation of the core competencies of new nurses in postgraduate year training programs in Taiwan

Yueh Ping Liu, Dana Jensen, Cho Yu Chan, Chung Jen Wei, Yuanmay Chang, Chih Hsiung Wu, Chiung Hsuan Chiu

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Modern nursing requires a broad set of academic and practical skills, and an effective nurse must integrate these skills in a wide range of healthcare contexts. Cultivation of core competencies has recently become a key issue globally in the development of nursing education. To assess the performance of new nurses, this study developed a nursing-specific Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini-CEX) to evaluate the effect of postgraduate year (PGY) nurse training programs in Taiwan. METHODS: A nursing-specific Mini-CEX was developed based on the required core competencies of nurses. Reliability and validity were confirmed in evaluator workshops carried out prior to the administration of the pilot test and final test. Thirty-two PYG trainees were recruited with a supervisor-to-trainee ratio of 1:1.94. Data were collected from February to June 2012 and analyzed using the Kruskal-Wallis test. RESULTS: The 32 PGY trainees scored highest in the "nursing professionalism" dimension and the lowest in the "physical examination" dimension. The overall competency score was satisfactory. The trainee nurses with 19-24 months of experience scored higher than the other two groups in overall performance. CONCLUSION: The results of this research indicate the feasibility of using our Mini-CEX tool to evaluate the competencies of PGY trainees.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
JournalBMC Medical Education
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 18 2019

Keywords

  • New nurses
  • Nursing-specific mini-CEX
  • Post-graduate year program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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