Evaluation in Nursing Education

Evaluation is an important part of nursing and nursing education. As nurses, we evaluate the interventions we use to determine if they are helping achieve patient outcomes. In nursing education, we assess student progress to determine if they are achieving the objectives for an assignment or course. The Minnesota Nurse Practice Act requires that each nurse faculty member must successfully complete 10 hours of educational preparation in the principles and methods of evaluation. (Practice Act 5301:1300:B)

The aim of this 5-module evaluation program is to provide nurse educators with an overview of evaluation methods used in assessing student progress. Accurate and valid evaluation of student performance is critical in the education of competent professional nurses.

The five modules are:

Module I: Deviations, types, and terms related to evaluation
Module II: Cognitive, psychomotor, and affective objectives
Module III: Objective and subjective tests and construction of test items
Module IV: Overview of clinical evaluation including legal issues
Module V: Use of clinical observation guide in simulated clinical situations

Each module indicates references you can access via hyperlinks.

Directions will guide you through the modules and the associated tasks. It is recommended that the modules be done sequentially as content in subsequent modules builds on the earlier ones.

You will not receive a grade nor academic credits upon completion of the course. Rather you will receive an e-mail that will specify that you have successfully completed the program and are granted 10 clock hours or 12 contact hours as defined by the Minnesota Board of Nursing. We believe this program meets the Minnesota Board of Nursing requirement that licensure-preparing RN faculty complete at least 10 clock hours of principles and methods of evaluation of student performance. You are responsible for keeping your own records. If you are using this course to meet requirements for another board of nursing, check with that state because other jurisdictions may require approval of continuing education activities.

Although the modules are quite self-explanatory, if have questions about the content or are having difficulty navigating the website you may contact Linda Vegell at ljvegell@umn.edu with questions.

We hope that you enjoy the modules and that the content will assist you in preparing tomorrow's nurses.

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