Date of Award

Fall 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Committee Chair

Julia Knauff


Clinical documentation is an integral part of the nursing curriculum. Nursing students utilize clinical documentation to reflect on weekly clinical experiences and clinical instructors grade this clinical documentation to view the students understanding of the experience and the nursing process. As the student progresses, the documentation changes to a more critical thinking piece of the student’s advancement toward their future work experience. Grading of clinical documentation can be challenging and often leads to poor self-efficacy of the instructor as well as the student. It has been known that students are often given the benefit of the doubt and passed when they should not have been, or an instructor has failed to fail a deserving student due to various conflicts of interest. This inconsistency in grading causes decreased interrater reliability and a potential hazard to future patients of these students once in the work environment. Grading rubric have been shown to increase interrater reliability (IRR), consistency, and self-efficacy. A clinical grading rubric is a method that can be utilized to increase these disparities that occur in the realm of nursing education.

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