Some Concepts in the Evaluation of Clinical Education: a Qualitative Study on the Experiences of Nursing Students and Clinical Teachers


Mousa Alavi 1 , * , Ali Reza Irajpour 1 , Heidar Ali Abedi 1

1 Iran

How to Cite: Alavi M , Irajpour A R , Abedi H A . Some Concepts in the Evaluation of Clinical Education: a Qualitative Study on the Experiences of Nursing Students and Clinical Teachers, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2008 ; 4(1):e58421.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 4 (1); e58421
Published Online: July 28, 2007
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 22, 2017
Accepted: February 12, 2007




Background & Objective: One of the most important goals of clinical education is ensuring from
students’ clinical competency. In such process, the evaluation of clinical skills is one of the most
important challenges. The aim of the present study was to introduce some of the important concepts
related to the evaluation of clinical skills.
Methods: Using phenomenological approach, participants were selected from students and teachers
of Isfahan Nursing and Midwifery School. A purposive sample of 18 individuals (10 nursing
students and 8 clinical teachers) who had experienced at least one course of clinical education was
recruited. An in-depth interview was undertaken and Colaizzi method was used for data analysis.
The reliability and validity of the study was grounded on the four items (factual value, applicability,
consistency and neutrality).
Results: The transcribed interviews were analyzed in the seven stages of analysis. Emerging codes
were categorized in the following three major themes: Triangulation in evaluation, the atmosphere
of clinical evaluation and Evaluation syndrome.
Conclusion: Based upon an emphasis on the relationship among clinical evaluation environment
(physical and psychosocial), the characteristics of the evaluator and the evaluated and relevant
concepts, the findings of the present study identified a need for the integration of all influential
factors in the process of clinical evaluation. Findings also suggest that clinical evaluation has to
enjoy relevant models including various influential factors rather than strict structured tools.


Experience Clinical evaluation Nursing students Clinical Nursing teachers

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