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Australia’s assessment system

“The combination of skills, knowledge, attitudes, values, and abilities that underpin effective performance in a professional/occupational area”.

  • State Nursing Boards have approved courses which assess the competency of nurses to practice.
  • These courses are sometimes referred to as “Pre-registration programmes” or “Bridging Courses”

Who is required to Undertake CBAP?

  • Nurses who have undertaken nursing education in countries outside Australia.
  • Australian nurses who have retired but wish to return to practice.
  • Nurses who are required to show they are fit to continue working.

What is the Curriculum of CBAP Courses?

  • Theoretical content is usually limited to 10-20% of the hours.
  • Clinical assessments are conducted in Australian hospitals with actual patients.

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What is the Duration of CBAP Courses?

  • Courses range from 8 to 12 weeks in duration.
  • Some universities conduct 6 and 12 month courses.

How are Nurses Assessed in CBAP Courses?

  • Assessment is evidence based
  • Key elements in the assessment model include:
    • Self-assessment by the nurse candidate
    • Observation by the assessor of the nurse candidate.
    • Interviews by the assessor with the others: peers, persons receiving nursing care, supervisors.
    • Analysis by the assessor of all relevant documentation: care plans, patient charts and notes
  • Sources of evidence may include:
    • Observation of performance
    • Audit of documents such as care plans and clinical records
    • Interviewing of the nurse candidate to reveal intentions and attitudes
    • Interviewing colleagues and persons receiving nursing care.
    • Testing (for example drug calculations, written assignments, multi choice questions)
    • Examining records of previous achievements.

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