Nursing evaluation forms typically include ratings in the following categories: clinical knowledge; patient interaction skills, including courtesy, respect and compassion for the patients and their families; use of current technology, such as computers for data collection; and ability to follow standard employer procedures. Evaluation forms are frequently designed for different experience levels, so a new nurse is not expected to be as skilled as one who has been practicing for decades.
As is the case with many annual evaluations both inside and outside of the medical field, nursing evaluation forms commonly include a self-evaluation component, an evaluation by a supervisor and possibly peer evaluation. Peer evaluation can be extremely important in nursing because supervisors cannot see everything and peers may be more privy to other nurses' incidents with patients. Many hospital and medical facilities provide sample nursing evaluation forms on their websites.
Nursing evaluation forms may vary greatly depending on the individual medical facility's mission and size. For example, facilities that also have a large educational component may have different requirements for nurses than facilities with a primarily clinical mission. In addition, nurses working in hospitals typically have different requirements than nurses working in doctor's offices, clinics, schools and other less complex facilities.