A standardised clinical assessment tool has advantages because of its uniform reporting. These include:
  • comparison of outcomes when student education and placements vary
  • benchmarking across clinical sites and/or universities
  • reporting that aligns with the threshold learning outcomes for health.

For more information about the value of behavioural cues in determining attainment of nursing standards please refer to Ossenberg C, Henderson A, Dalton M. (2015) Determining attainment of nursing standards: the use of behavioural cues to enhance clarity and transparency in student clinical assessment, Nurse Education Today. 35(1):12-15.

For more information about the statistical validation process please refer to Ossenberg C, Dalton M, Henderson A. (2016) Validation of the Australian Nursing Standards Assessment Tool: A pilot study, Nurse Education Today. 36(1):23-30. This validation process was conducted drawing on scores from two universities. Therefore, there is potential for the ANSAT to be used for benchmarking purposes (requirement for TEQSA).

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