Objective structured clinical exam: how clinical nurse educators can support internationally educated nurses
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Objective structured clinical exam: how clinical nurse educators can support internationally educated nurses

Heather Harries Clinical educator for medicine, Morriston Hospital, Swansea Bay University Health Board, Swansea, Wales
Louise Giles Lecturer, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales
Louise Condon Professor of nursing, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales
Miranda Williams Lead nurse for education, Morriston Hospital, Swansea Bay University Health Board, Swansea, Wales

Internationally educated nurses (IENs) require robust teaching programmes to support them through the objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) process to gain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. There should be measures in place to support these nurses from a clinical and pastoral perspective. It is also important to learn from IENs, because moving to a different country is an emotional and life-changing experience that affects nurses and their families. Preparation is central to completing the programme successfully, alongside having the resources required in terms of time and a dedicated facility for practise. This article describes the development and implementation of an OSCE preparation teaching programme to support IENs, discusses the challenges for teachers and participants, and shows how having a dedicated facility and programme lead has led to excellent results.

Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2019.e1845

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

heather.harries@wales.nhs.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Harries H (2019) Objective structured clinical exam: how clinical nurse educators can support internationally educated nurses. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2019.e1845

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank quality and safety improvement facilitator Caroline Riseley, clinical nurse educator in cardiac services Melanie Ormond, clinical educator in the emergency department Jocelyn Jones and practice development nurse in the intensive care unit Bethan James, all at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, for their input and support

Published online: 13 August 2019