Monash Nursing and Midwifery to develop an Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE) for internationally qualified nurses

Monash Nursing and Midwifery has been appointed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to develop an Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE) for internationally qualified nurses.

The NMBA is moving to an outcomes based assessment of competence to practise for internationally qualified nurses and midwives wanting to register in Australia. The OSCE is a well-validated assessment method which effectively assesses the demonstration of communication and interpersonal skills, along with essential clinical skills required in a regulatory assessment.

Professor Debra Griffiths, Head of Monash Nursing and Midwifery describes why Monash is well placed to develop the OSCE. “Monash is ranked in the top 1 per cent of world universities and has earned an enviable national and international reputation for education, training and research excellence. Monash has been educating and training a broad range of health professionals for over 50 years.”

Monash Nursing and Midwifery is one the largest educators of nurses and midwives in Australia, educating 2,000 students each year across all courses and graduating over 530 nurses each year. Additionally, it is ranked 12th in the world for studying nursing. The University’s IQN Program, an accredited bridging course, has since 2015, prepared over 140 nurses who have trained in a country other than Australia to allow them to be eligible for registration in Australia.

Monash’s health professional curriculum, assessment and training programs are continuously informed by input and collaboration from leading healthcare providers and partners, and are responsive to the needs of the industry.