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Part I Process and preparation 1: Fiona Creed: An introduction to OSCE assessment 2: Fiona Creed: Overview of OSCE station 3: Fiona Creed: Preparation for the OSCE assessment Part II: Skills 4: Sue Sully: Interpersonal Communication 5: Jane Lovegrove: Hand Hygiene and infection control 6: Catherine Cabellero: Aseptic Non-touch Technique (ANTT) 7: Paula Deamer & Tina Attoe: Measuring, Assessing and Recording Pulse, Body Temperature, Respirations and Oxygen Saturation 8: Kate Devis: Measuring Blood Pressure 9: Jane Lovegrove: Urinalysis 10: Terry Stubbings: Assessment of Medication Calculation skills 11: Fiona Creed: Administration of oral medication 12: Fiona Creed: Recognition of acute deterioration 13: Clare Cree: Basic Life Support (BLS Final preparation 14: Fiona Creed: Reflecting upon your OSCE

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Dr Catherine Caballero, DPhil, MSc, P.G.C.H.S.C.E, BSc, Dip Ns, R.N is a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton. Catherine has a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Oxford. She has a background in surgical nursing, specialising in day surgery and in 1995 was appointed as the first laparoscopic nurse practitioner in the U.K. Catherine's passion is in the development of clinical skills and her interests relate to clinical decision making, clinical skill development and mentorship. Fiona Creed MSc, BSc, R.N. is a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton. Fiona has a clinical background in general and neurological intensive care nursing and teaches acute clinical skills and post registration acute care nursing. Fiona is currently a PhD student at the University of Brighton where she is exploring clinical decision making during episodes of acute patient deterioration. Clare Gochmanski is skills laboratory technician at the University of Brighton. She is responsible for managing several skills labs across the university sites assisting with simulation teaching, programming simulators and assisting with student skills practice session. Clare organises and coordinates the OSCE examinations at the University. Jane Lovegrove MSc ,B Ed, R.N.T., RN. is a principal lecturer in clinical skills at University of Brighton. Jane's clinical background is in intensive care, cardiac surgery and coronary care. Her current clinical and educational interests are in grading clinical practice and using high fidelity simulation to assist students in clinical decision making.


`This book is ideal for nursing students preparing for OSCEs as well as for lecturers, mentors and practicing nurses involved in student education' Nursing Times, Feb 2013 `Will give students an excellent introduction into the complexities of OSCE type assessments. The key revision section is a real aide for students and supporting material such as the common mistakes section is invaluable. The online materials will give the student some real direction on terms of learning.' John Ambrose, Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University, UK `Videos and photographs enable the student to gain a 'whole' picture of the process and they can see key specifics such as correct hand positioning for chest compressions. I particularly like the section on typical questions that an examiner may ask as students often forget this. Overall, a very useful learning tool for students with comprehensive revision.' Jo Rutt, Clinical Skills Lecturer, University of Nottingham, UK `Review from previous edition More straight-forward & concise than several I've seen ... identifies the most frequently assessed skills, and provides clear guidance on how to perform them to OSCE standard. Each skill is described step-by-step, while the common errors, and examiners question sections are particularly will be useful for any nursing student ' Rachel Gilbert, Clinical Skills Lecturer, University of the West of England `I would recommend the book to students all 3 years and even to qualified nurses.. explains the procedures in a simple and easy to understand way, backed up with the underpinning knowledge and best practice. Online videos and material are an excellent resource. ' David Thomas, Student, Swansea University

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