Evaluation of interns is primarily focuses on three major domains, namely; professional conduct, clinical practice and care delivery, and competency acquisition.
Interns are expected to meet satisfactorily predetermined performance criteria by the end of each clinical rotation.
CON recognizes building clinical competencies as a major goal of the program; therefore an Intern is expected to achieve certain generic and rotation specific competencies by the end each rotation.
An Intern’s progress shall be reviewed on regular bases by the concerned nursing staff involved in her training including the Nurse Manager.
Based on the assessment outcomes, the plan to achieve the rotation specific objectives or plan for remediation shall be discussed and negotiated actively with the intern and documented if needed.
A CON intern is held accountable for monitoring her own progress and for self evaluation. She is expected to contribute to her own evaluation process through self-assessment and awareness of own strength and areas in need for improvement.
A CON intern will receive two structured evaluations per rotation; the first is a non-graded mid-rotation evaluation. It is usually carried out by the Nurse Manager and nursing services staff involved in her training. Mid-rotation evaluation will be conducted using the formal behavioral evaluation tool developed by the CON.
Evaluators and the intern are required to document progress toward learning objectives, challenges, and any remediation needed.
The second evaluation is a graded final evaluation at the end of each clinical rotation.
End of rotation evaluation is conducted by a panel comprising representatives from CON and Nursing Services.
The intern must complete and present her own self-evaluation to members of the panel identifying her major achievements and areas in need for improvement. Then the panel will discuss her self-evaluation further based on comments made by nursing staff.
The panel will provide constructive and goal focused feedback to the intern utilizing a non-threatening approach. The intern is expected, however, to be open to feedback and to the suggested plan for improvement if needed.
A CON intern will pass a clinical rotation when:
- All performance behavioral objectives are met.
- All learning outcomes of the rotation are achieved.
- All rotation specific competencies are signed off.
- Timeline requirements of attendance are met.
In cases when the above requirements are not achieved (in full or part), the Evaluation Panel will decide on the best course of action that ensure compliance with the stated requirements. The panel decision may be one of the following:
Extend current rotation time so that the intern can achieve the lacking requirements. In this case, the length of extension should mach the lacking requirements extent. Further, an Incomplete Grade will be assigned to that intern that will later be converted to a Pass Grade when the lacking requirements are achieved satisfactorily.
Assign the intern a Fail Grade. In such case, the intern has to repeat the entire clinical rotation.