This paper sets out to investigate the theories and practices of healthcare appraisal systems, with particular emphasis on the appraisal of healthcare educators.Background
The rhetoric used to inform appraisal theories, systems and practices claims to measure human attributes, although this is rarely achieved in reality.Method
A national survey of healthcare educators is used to inform, analyse and evaluate the literature pertaining to professional appraisal theories and systems.Findings
The main theme to emerge centres around the inadequacies of current appraisal systems and practices.Conclusion
Nurse educators and healthcare professionals should be creative and proactive in their approaches to the appraisal process, to enable more effective and meaningful appraisal processes and outcomes.