Creating a National Standard for Prelicensure Clinical Evaluation in Nursing

J Nurs Educ. 2021 Dec;60(12):686-689. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20211004-01. Epub 2021 Dec 1.


Background: Measuring clinical outcomes in prelicensure students is desired by key stakeholders but is fraught with challenges. There are currently no standardized, psychometrically validated clinical-outcome measures available for prelicensure nursing programs, requiring each program to design its own measures.

Method: We conducted a review of the potential antecedents of this gap, as well as models for standardized clinical outcome measures and recommendations from within health-professions education.

Results: There are benefits to pursuing a standardized clinical outcome tool, including an improved student learning experience and unifying our communication regarding graduate nurse preparation to valued stakeholders.

Conclusion: Nursing education has a unique opportunity to emulate our colleagues in medicine and pharmacy by working at the national level to create a standardized tool using current psychometric methods for development and validation. [J Nurs Educ. 2021;60(12):686-689.].

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Education, Nursing*
  • Humans
  • Licensure*