CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A teaching innovation project designed to help identify at-risk graduate nursing students and assist in improving their clinical performance has been awarded $19,100 as part of the Provost’s Innovation Grant at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
The Video Enhanced Online Objective Structured Clinical Examination (VE-OSCE) in Graduate Nursing Education project was awarded to the the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) graduate Family Nurse Practitioner faculty team. The grant will be funded over a three-year period beginning in fall 2014.
The VE-OSCE pairs filmed clinical exam scenarios with video conferencing technology to evaluate students’ clinical skills and cultural competence. It allows faculty to assess students’ clinical skills from a distance, and in a controlled environment.
“The online students’ educational experience and the Master of Science in Nursing program will be robust and strengthened through the knowledgeable, caring, and highly-skilled graduate nursing faculty educated in these new online teaching innovations,” said Dr. Elizabeth Sefcik, Professor in the CONHS. “We will also be able to identify at-risk students early on, through the process of individual student evaluation.”
The VE-OSCE is an innovation that uses the idea of direct observation, using a standard patient scenario, but instead, moves the student evaluation into a completely online environment through the use of modern technology. The VE-OSCE also acts as an additional method for graduate nursing student evaluation and added onto the site visits currently made by faculty to clinics where students are gaining hands-on patient care experience with their preceptors.
Sefcik believes the early intervention and identification provided by the VE-OSCE will help to close the gaps in student performance within the diverse nursing student population at the Island University. She also believes it will improve a student’s clinical competencies.
The VE-OSCE innovation team from the CONHS includes Dr. Connie Barker, Dr. Eva Bell, Dr. Cristi Day, Dr. Deborah Flournoy, Dr. David Miller, and Dr. Elizabeth Sefcik. The team designed the project and wrote the scripts for simulated patient clinical office visits. Joseph Cabral and Steven Martin, students from the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Theatre Department, played the acting roles of patient and nurse practitioner. Taylor Romaguera, a Communication student, directed the film, and Roy Salmon II, also a Communication student, filmed the videos.
Other Texas A&M-Corpus Christi individuals who collaborated on the project are Dr. Amy Aldridge Sanford, Chair of the Communication and Media Department; Edward Tyndall, Assistant Professor of Communication; and J. Don Luna, Professor of Theatre.
The Provost’s Innovation Grant for the VE-OSCE was one of four different grants awarded to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi faculty to redesign an undergraduate or graduate level course or program to add a key component to improve student learning. The awards, which were presented by the Office of the Provost through the Center for Faculty Excellence, support efforts toward significant expansion and scope of existing courses and programs.