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Succeeding in Essays, Exams and OSCEs for Nursing Students

Succeeding in Essays, Exams and OSCEs for Nursing Students

May 2012 | 120 pages | Learning Matters

The word 'assessment' can strike terror into any student. However, providing evidence of knowledge and skills for professional practice is an integral and essential part of university life as a nursing student.

This book helps nursing students better understand the processes of assessment so that every student can achieve their potential in their studies. It looks at each of the major forms of assessment including essays, exams, portfolios, OSCIs, presentations and practice assessments. It specifically addresses the needs of nursing students on new degree courses and therefore gives a clear insight on how to succeed as a student nurse.

Key Features

  • Linked to the latest NMC Standards and ESCs for the new degree;
  • Examples of good and bad assessments apply the theory to practice;
  • Plenty of activities help to build confidence in developing these skills.
Kay Hutchfield
An Introduction to Assessment in Pre-Registration Nursing Programmes
Kay Hutchfield
Succeeding in Written Assignments
Kay Hutchfield
Succeeding in Practice Assessments
Mooi Standing
Succeeding in Written Examinations
Kay Hutchfield
Succeeding in Portfolios
Pam Page
Succeeding in Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
Kay Hutchfield
Succeeding in Presentations
Kay Hutchfield
Where to Look for Support with Your Assessments


This book is all about succeeding and steering nursing students. There are useful activities, examples of good and bad assessments, case studies to show where things can go wrong from the perspective of students and mentors, and some timely advice for working with other students on projects and presentations. I give this book five stars, and would make it six if I could.

Susan Watkins
Final-year Open University Student
Nursing Standard

This is a useful little book for student nurses

Mrs Kate Harrison
Education Centre 1, Lancashire Teaching Hospital
July 7, 2014

Good overall book with relevant material and information to support students through a variety of assessments.

School of Nursing & Midwifery, De Montfort University
June 20, 2014

An excellent resource for students who may require extra support with their academic writing.

Miss Lesley McKinlay
Nursing, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh
May 9, 2014

Really useful tips and advice. The book is clearly written and user friendly

Mrs Gillian Wilson
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Hull University
March 21, 2014


Mrs Lyn Rosen
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Salford University
February 21, 2014

A useful source of information for all nursing students

Dr June Keeling
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Chester University
January 14, 2014

A book that has been recommended as a resources for all students.

Dr Camille Cronin
Department of Health and Human Sciences, Essex University
November 5, 2013

Well written and easy to read. Will equip you with everything you need to pass you essay, exam or OSCE.

Mrs Sarah Crosby
Faculty of Health Ormskirk, Edge Hill University
October 30, 2013

This publication is always recommended for my students preparing for OSCE's & exams. Useful content for references and different styles of writing.

Kim Neal
Department of Health, Wellbeing and the Family, Canterbury Christ Church University
October 7, 2013

Kay Hutchfield

Kay Hutchfield began her nursing career in both orthopaedic nursing and adult nursing before becoming a children's nurse and later a clinical teacher. She has recently retired after 18 years as a senior lecturer in higher education. She has worked primarily in pre-registration nursing education, and has a keen interest in curriculum development. Kay has been programme director for three pre-registration child nursing programmes, and has developed a keen interest in developing students’ fundamental research skills and managing risk in academic work as well as in care management. Her experience working as a personal tutor and pathway... More About Author

Mooi Standing

Dr Mooi Standing is an independent academic nursing consultant with over 40 years’ experience that includes: (i) practising mental health and adult nursing in a range of hospital and community settings; (ii) lecturing pre-registration and post-registration nursing students from certificate to Master’s level and presenting scholarly papers at international nursing conferences; (iii) researching how nurses develop clinical decision-making skills and publishing articles, books and chapters on this topic for nursing students, registered nurses and advanced practitioners; and (iv) providing external consultancy in curriculum development... More About Author

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