Avoiding Failure to Fail: a role for triangulation

Melling, Andrew, Unsworth, John and Porteous, Debra (2018) Avoiding Failure to Fail: a role for triangulation. Nurse Education in Practice. ISSN 1471-5953 (Submitted)

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Abstract

Failure to fail healthcare students during assessed practice placements has been a recognised problem for some time. Despite identification of the problem and an acknowledgement of the associated issues there have been limited suggestions about how the validity and reliability of practice competency assessment can be improved. This paper explores these issues and investigates whether the development of a practice assessment system that incorporates a scale of competence and triangulation of evidence from multiple sources may assist mentors to arrive at more robust decisions about a student’s performance. Whilst the evidence base supporting the use of triangulation in practice assessment is weak, such systems may be of assistance because they prevent the decision about a failure in practice being based on a single person’s judgement. The combinations of multiple methods of assessment are likely to be more reliable and valid than any system which relies solely on an individual’s judgement.

This article will outline how one University developed an innovative system of practice assessment based on the use of triangulation and criterion referenced assessment. The system utilised existing Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies and instigated assessment using a scale of competence with observed performance triangulated with a range of robust assessment tools to provide a valid and reliable assessment.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Sciences > Nursing
Divisions: Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing
Depositing User: John Unsworth
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2018 13:33
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2018 13:33
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/9038

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