It is important for the safety of the patient and self-esteem of the student to evaluate the students about their clinical knowledge, abilities, and skills. Teachers use different methods to evaluate their students regularly. Assessment techniques used by teachers depends upon their teaching methods and their ability of how quickly they can understand their student’s capabilities. Evaluating students is essential to assess knowledge and skills of nursing students. During my student life, I have been evaluated on different levels and by different techniques. For me, the best assessment experience I have had as a student was self-reflection technique; this strategy is a vital section of clinical learning. Self-reflection gives a chance to reflect one’s sense of experience and observation. This method was helpful for me as it gave me new outlooks on experience, change in conduct towards patients, commitment, readiness and in keeping track of my growth over time. This method aided me in finding my strengths and weaknesses and helped me in setting new goals for improvement. Maintaining a nursing portfolio was a requirement by our teacher. The portfolio shows who we are and what we have done so far which helped our teacher in evaluation us regularly, Being a teacher recalling my best evaluation experience as a student benefits me to remember the best way I learned and the mode my teacher used to recognize my competences.
As an instructor, I used many techniques for the evaluation of my students like written projects, observation of behavior and skills, reflective learning and, oral assessment. But the best assessment experience for me is peer input method. Peer assessment is a practice in which nurses systematically judge and observe their colleague nurses against the professional standards. Nurses are asked to make the judgment about the excellence of nursing care and performance of procedures of their fellow nurses and give a report on them on a weekly basis. This method has been recognized as a fundamental nursing practice. Peer review requires that nurses should be judged by other nurses of the same rank or standing. This method is most suitable as it helps the nurses to evaluate themselves and their peers by reviews of their fellow nurses. The nurses can judge their capabilities and weak points through the reviews of their colleague. This method is somewhat similar to the self-reflection experience I had as a student, as this method also gives the opportunity to the nurses judging others of self-reflection. Nurses can learn about their flaws and points while observing others. The similarity between my experience and the technique I use is advantageous in a way that it reminds me what it is like to be a student and how this method was best to help me learn and evaluate myself.
Peer input technique is the way nurses can reflect upon themselves in the best way. This method not only gives feedback to the learners by their teachers but also by their fellow nurses, who know them outside their class environment. With my assessment technique, I want to achieve following things in my students. Make them able to evaluate themselves and their colleagues on different levels. Make them capable of pinpointing their strengths and flaws. Enrich their learning skills. Help them in improving their attitude towards patients and others. They can learn from other’s mistakes and work hard to improve their work. I try to build confidence in my students, and this improves the teacher-student relationship. This technique helps nurses to understand one another and allow them to work with each other in harmony. This process makes the scholars discover means to overcome their impediments and address their insufficiencies in a manner that works best for them. This practice paybacks to me by giving me a clear picture of my student’s personality and their skills. Peer review assessment techniques help me in assessing my students frequently. With my assessment techniques, I can enhance skills of critical thinking, sense of responsibility, ability to work in groups and evaluating other in my students. These skills not only support the nurses with their patient-nurse relationship only but refines their whole personality also.
There are many different methods of assessing students. For the assessment of my students, I use peer review method. Peer assessment method has noteworthy potential as it encourages deep learning. Peer review is considered as a fundamental element which is needed to make sure that the nurses improve the quality of their patient care process (Burchett & Spivak, 2014). Peer assessment provides healthy feedback and fulfills other endorsed proficient requirements. It is a rudimentary part of clinical governance and can apply to other departments or organizational levels. Peer review is used for gathering information to enhance student learning, the performance of the individual. The feedback is used to pinpoint the learning needs of clinical staff and to increase the quality care and safety for patients (Boehm & Bonnel, 2010). In the light of above references, I can say that my assessment strategy is better as opposed to other strategies as this not only evaluate the work and skills of nurses but increase the self-esteem of the nurses in clinical practice and improve their cognitive abilities (Secomb, 2008). Other methods like exams and weekly tests only evaluate the students of their learning abilities. Peer assessment benefits them in critical thinking and getting feedback from their friends which help them in overcoming their mistakes.
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