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Development and Implementation of a Capstone Objective Structured Clinical Examination in Nurse Practitioner and Nurse-Midwifery Programs

Benbenek, Mary PhD, APRN, CPNP, FNP-BC; Dierich, Mary PhD, APRN, GNP-BC; Wyman, Jean PhD, APRN, GNP-BC, FAAN, FGSA; Avery, Melissa PhD, APRN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN; Juve, Catherine PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC; Miller, Jane PhD

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000283
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Determining when advanced practice registered nurse students are safe and competent for beginning-level practice is challenging. This article describes the development and testing of a capstone objective structured clinical examination designed to evaluate the practice readiness of students enrolled in the family, adult-gerontology, women's health nurse practitioner, and nurse-midwifery tracks. Lessons learned from this process and how they were used to enhance the curricula are discussed.

Author Affiliations: Clinical Associate Professor (Drs Benbenek and Dierich); Professor (Drs Wyman and Avery); Associate Professor, retired (Dr Juve), University of Minnesota, School of Nursing; and Director, Interprofessional Education and Resource Center/AHC Simulation Center (Dr Miller), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

The project described was supported by grant number 1 D09HP22637-01-00 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an operating division of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The contents of this manuscript are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the HRSA or the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Benbenek, 4-150 Weaver Densford Hall, 308 Harvard St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (

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Accepted for publication: April 25, 2016

Published ahead of print: June 6, 2016

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