The BNSc students of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) have commenced the 2023_1 lab Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), organised by the Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences of the university.
The examination, which holds in batches, is currently ongoing across some selected study centres nationwide and is being coordinated by examiners, preceptors and desk officers of the faculty in the various study centres.
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Students of Bauchi and Damaturu Study Centres have held their exercises in the specialist hospitals domiciled within the metropolitan city of their respective states.
Dr Mohammed Nasiru, who led the supervision and coordination team in Bauchi, said the average performances of the students were mostly good.
“Even though we cannot realise their performances, you can see some performed moderately, some with high performance, while some performed fairly. But the average performances were mostly good”,” Nasiru said.
“Glory be to God. We participated very well, and we tried our best. This is my first time attending such kind of examination. I was enlightened about what was going to happen. I am optimistic about scoring the highest grade”,” she said.
The preceptor at the Damaturu Centre, Dr Bukar Mohammed, described the students’ performance as significant, saying, “We started on time, and the examination was successfully conducted without hutch”.”
He suggested an increase in the number of examiners to help further improve and accelerate the process to cater to the large number of students in the coming exercise.
OSCE is a modern type of examination recently introduced by the department. Students are asked to perform defined tasks, such as taking a history or completing a focused physical analysis in a specified period, demonstrating specific skills.