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Comments invited on the Australian Nursing Standards Assessment Tool (ANSAT) for ENs

Comments invited on the Australian Nursing Standards Assessment Tool (ANSAT) for ENs

by Christine Taylor -
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Dear Colleagues,

the ANSAT EN team have asked ANTS members to provide feedback and expert opinion on the proposed ANSAT tool, which is attached to this post. The ANTS National Committee encourage members to respond and complete the survey. Thank you for your help with this initiative.

Details are given below and if you have any questions you can email Simone on DO NOT reply to this post.

Link to the Survey:


From: Simone Ohlin

Subject: ANSAT for EN

Good Morning Colleagues

Workplace performance is a vital component of nursing programs affords the opportunity for students to demonstrate that they can meet the requisite NMBA standards of practice. The safety of the public receiving health care is paramount, hence processes that ensure the quality and rigor of student workplace assessment is imperative. Valid determination of students’ performance is paramount. It is generally accepted that the assessment process is mediated by academic co-ordinators and involves students and other associated stakeholders in the clinical context, including preceptors, buddy nurses, and other workplace supervisors. The Australian Nursing Standards Assessment Tool (ANSAT) was developed for the purposes to assist engagement of stakeholders in student workplace performance.

The ANSAT tool

The ANSAT is a user-friendly and a work-based assessment tool to assess performance over a range of activities and settings based on the standards defined by the NMBA to assess RN student performance in the practice setting. The tool consists of a scoring sheet that records the assessors rating of items that reflect each standard of practice included in the NMBA registered nurse standards for practice. Further to this, behavioural cues accompany the item statements to assist with clarity and the provision of meaningful feedback to students. The ANSAT is designed as a workplace appraisal instrument that reports continuing performance of all areas of professional practice rather than a one-off or staged a demonstration that is often associated with competency assessments.

An ANSAT for ENs

We were wanting to develop a similar tool for assessment for EN students, named ANSAT for ENs. For this reason we are asking for you to participate in providing feedback in this survey about the words we have used to summarise each standard of practice included in the NMBA enrolled nurse standards for practice.

For your convenience I have attached a paper version of the survey. The survey link (below) will remain open until 20th July 2020. Please share with interested parties.

Thank you for your participation

Amanda, Simone and Susan

Simone Ohlin

RN, MEd, Grad Cert Periop, GCTAE, BN, MACN, MACORN
Unit Coordinator/Lecturer | School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Sciences
CQUniversity Australia, Lvl 3 Cairns Square, Cnr Abbott & Shields St, Cairns Qld 4870
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