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Kim Tolley, Ann Ooms, Di Marks-Maran, Lesley Acton, Sue Rush
British Journal of Nursing, Vol. 20, Iss. 20, 08 Nov 2011, pp 1302 - 1307

This paper is the second of a two-part article presenting a new assessment tool (the snapshot) for pre-registration nurses in clinical practice that is being used at Kingston University/St George's University of London during year 3 of the Diploma and BSc programme. Part 1 of this article presented background to the snapshot tool and the research approach used in the evaluative research study. Part 2 will present the data collection, findings and discussion which show that the snapshot is perceived positively by students in terms of the criteria, documentation and process. However, mentor understanding of these factors varied with some mentors having an inadequate understanding and additional questions of assessment validity also arose and need to be addressed. Both parts of this article make a contribution to the practice assessment agenda and to the continuous clinical assessment methods currently in use that tests students' competence against agreed criteria. The snapshot reflects the reality of practice and assesses skills in a realistic environment.

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