Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


School of Education

First Advisor

Linda Samek, Ed.D

Second Advisor

Pam Fifer, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

David Cimbora, Ph.D.


National nursing education organizations are responding to the trends and challenges in healthcare with updated professional guidelines and a call for transformation in nursing education. The purpose of this study was to improve clinical performance evaluation in a baccalaureate prelicensure nursing program by developing a clinical evaluation instrument that is aligned with The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education. The Context Input Process Product (CIPP) Evaluation Model was used as a framework to guide decisions and appraise the quality of the end product. During instrument development, I revised an existing instrument to align with the Essentials, assessed the face validity of the instrument by conducting a focus group interview with nursing program faculty, and surveyed content experts to refine instrument items and increase its content validity. Once final revisions were made, I conducted a focus group interview of nursing students to help guide the future implementation of the new instrument. The clinical evaluation instrument achieved a high content validity level among experts with a scale content validity index (S-CVI/Ave) of .976. The instrument has garnered the support of nursing program faculty and students for future use in a capstone nursing course, with meaningful student and faculty input for successful future implementation in the nursing program.

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