An end-of-life communication performance rubric: Reliability assessment
Kopp ML, Mayberry ALM. An end-of-life communication performance rubric: reliability assessment. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. Published online May 27, 2021.
doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000772. Online ahead of print
Nurse educators still struggle with teaching and assessing end-of-life communication skills. Many resources are available to assist in teaching end-of-life communication, but few tools exist to assess performance learning outcomes. Behavior evaluation tools must be user-friendly and provide beneficial student feedback. Quality end-of-life patient care and nursing job satisfaction depend on skillful communication. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reliability of an end-of-life communication clinical simulation evaluation performance rubric. Moderate interrater consistency and agreement were found between 3 evaluators when assessing the same students. All simulation evaluators agreed that the performance rubric was user-friendly and provided rich feedback for students during simulation debriefing. The performance evaluation tool was moderately effective when evaluating end-of-life communication performance and appears as a worthy framework for other behavior evaluations.