For those who will soon start preparing to take their OSCE NMC exam, it can become quite an un-nerving experience. The build-up of anxiety can affect our state of mind and will often get in the way of our knowledge, leading to making remarkably simple mistakes.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prepare yourself. First though, let’s clarify what the OSCE is designed to do: Being in the healthcare industry, it is imperative that your skills and knowledge are upto NMC standards. Thus, the OSCE is purely designed to assess your ability to competently apply your professional nursing skills to work in the UK. The examination is testing your ability to apply your knowledge to the care of patients, rather than knowing how well you can remember and recite facts. Therefore it would benefit you a great deal to know what to expect on your exam day.
All the scenarios and any questions you may be asked at the test centre will relate to the best practices (to NMC standards) and your best chance to apply yourself professionally is to address this to published guidance NOT your local arrangements.
the OSCE exam is designed to assess your ability to competently apply your professional nursing skills to work in the UK
At Cotton Nursing Solutions, we recommend that you spend your last few days prior to the OSCE exam preparing your revision material and go over all relatable items, especially focusing on your areas of improvement that have been highlighted to you by your course facilitator / mentor. Our OSCE NMC course provides you all relevant course material and resources to ensure you get the best opportunity to enter the exam with confidence. In addition, you will be provided with sample documents both used in the exam and copies of similar documents. Making the most to familiarise yourself with these documents will build up your resilience to anxiousness towards the big day.
In my next blog, I will go into more detail about what to expect at a test centre. Keep following, and subscribe to our newsletter.