We know how difficult and daunting it can be to sit exams, especially the OSCE! We’ve asked our examiners and clinicians to recommend the best tips and tricks to pass the OSCE exam. So here is a list of top tips on how you can pass the OSCE.
Practice your peak flow, writing out a fluid balance chart, basic life support, wound care, administering inhalers, giving medication
Try to get a feel of what 20 minutes, 14 minutes, 15 minutes, and 8 minutes feel like. Practice the below sequence with a friend, simulate a scenario and set your phone to vibrate for 20 minutes as you start the assessment station and see if you have enough time to complete the task as you would like to and to the standard required.
The APIE stations last for:
There will be about 4 minutes between stations, for the stations to be reset and the candidates or assessors to move between the stations if required.
Remember your passing your OSCE to demonstrate that you are a competent nurse who is going to provide care to patients therefore when you prepare for your OSCE prepare for life and your practice, not just the exam.
When you enter the OSCE exam hall, think of how you would deal with this in a real-life situation you may be dealing with a difficult patient, an anxious patient a confused patient and so on. SO keep cool and calm even if you are not as that’s what you are trained to do as a nurse and a clinical professional.
Lastly, remember that in a real-life scenario listening to the patient and understanding their anxiety and fears before an intervention or assessment is very critical to a systematic deductive approach. When a systematic approach is adopted from the assessment it becomes easy to create a problem list from which a care plan can be drawn out.
We hope these tips help you on your journey In passing the OSCE. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
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