The OSCE is designed to assess your ability to competently apply your professional nursing skills and knowledge in the UK. The examination is testing your ability to apply knowledge and skills to the care of patients rather than how well you can remember and recite facts.
Your ability to apply your knowledge has already been tested in Part 1 of the NMC test of competence (CBT). In Part 2 you will be tested on your clinical and communication skills. In other words, you will demonstrate how you apply holistic patient centred nursing care and apply key clinical skills. All scenarios and associated questions relate to current best practice and you should answer them in relation to published evidence and not according to local arrangements.
Communication is central to nursing practice and will be assessed continually during the OSCE.
The OSCE comprises ten stations, each lasting between 8-15 minutes.
- Nursing care process (AIPE) – four stations
- Nursing skills – four stations
- Professional Behaviour – one station
- Critical Appraisal (EBP) – one station
Face to Face