Feedback or evaluation stress

mod3-stressFormal evaluations can feel stressful for both students and clinical supervisors. While students may naturally fear an unsatisfactory evaluation, supervisors may fear having to deliver what they perceive as ‘bad news’, potentially resulting in an uncomfortable encounter and a disappointed student. [1]

Formal evaluations are much easier if feedback has been forthright and ongoing throughout the placement: when students have been kept up to date on their progress, both students and supervisors are able to approach evaluations with a general idea of what is likely to be included. Final evaluations should not include issues that have not been previously raised; students should be given every possible opportunity to rectify and learn from practice issues that arise in placement, which means that problems should be addressed as they occur.

[1] Clynes, M.P., & Raftery, S.E.C. (2008). Feedback: an essential element of student learning in clinical practice. Nurse Education in Practice, 8, 6, 405-411. doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2008.02.003