Background: The DARE(2) - patient safety rubric was developed for the performance evaluation of final year nursing students. The rubric contains four domains of competency: systematic patient assessment, clinical response, clinical-psychomotor skills, and communication proficiency. The aim of this research was to investigate the inter-rater reliability of data from the DARE(2).
Method: A nonexperimental quantitative exploratory design was employed. Archived recorded performances of students (n = 34) were independently evaluated by nurse lecturers who teach and examine in the simulation centre (n = 4).
Results: Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) were greater than 0.70 for three of the four domains of practice and 0.58 for the fourth (clinical-psychomotor skills). An ICC of 0.75 for the overall rubric score is indicative of excellent reliability. Percentage agreement for the overall rubric was 59%.
Conclusion: These results support the inter-rater reliability of data from the DARE - patient safety rubric and highlights the difference between consensus and consistency estimates of inter-rater reliability.