CLINICAL EVALUATION AND GRADING PRACTICES in Schools of Nursing: National Survey Findings Part II

November 2009
Nursing Education Perspectives (National League for Nursing);Nov/Dec2009, Vol. 30 Issue 6, p352
Academic Journal
To better understand how nurse educators evaluate and grade students' clinical practice, the Evaluation of Learning Advisory Council of the National League for Nursing conducted a survey of faculty (N = 1,573) in all types of prelicensure RN programs. This article describes the findings of that survey in relation to clinical evaluation and grading clinical practice. Nearly all faculty used a clinical evaluation tool to rate students' performance in the clinical setting (n = 1,534.98 percent); most programs had the same basic tool in all courses, but modified to reflect the unique aspects of each course (n = 1,095.70 percent). Faculty (n = 1,116.83 percent) reported using pass/fail for grading in clinical courses rather than a letter or numerical grade.


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