The nurse educator and the nursing student: a review of the issue of clinical evaluation procedures

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School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan


Research in the area of grievance and appeal mechanisms is very limited. Although writers have addressed aspects of their use, only one study (Orchard, 1991) was carried out to determine what administrative structures and procedures are used to protect both the rights of the instructors and their students in the clinical evaluation process. Further research to both replicate Orchard's study and to analyze specific aspects of nursing programs' existing evaluation and review systems is urgently needed. In the interim, nursing education administrators must rely on this seminal research and/or their personal experiences in the management of failing students. These experiences are augmented by overall institutional policies and reviewed through nursing program accreditation reviews. Although these parameters assist nursing education administrators in determining processes to use when dealing with failing students, they do not guarantee that nursing students or their clinical instructors' rights are protected. Nurse educators need to gain increased knowledge about the legal side of their instructor role (Woodside, 1981). Perhaps once they gain such knowledge, some of the fear frequently experienced by instructors when they are faced with a student threatening to grieve their clinical evaluation will decrease.

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The Journal of Nursing Education

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