Developing nurse match: A selection tool for evoking and scoring an applicant's nursing values and attributes .

Colin McNeill, Allen Erskine , Roger Ellis, Mary Traynor

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    To develop an instrument (Nurse Match: NM) for assessing a candidate's nursing values, their meaning, relative importance and emotional significance. Candidate's values to be scored against professionally preferred nursing values effectively and efficiently.

    A case study‐based qualitative process with quantified output. Perception of self and others in relevant contexts using bi‐polar value dimensions.

    Respondents (N = 63) were first year nursing students completed the instrument and a feedback questionnaire. Data were analysed and scored by ipseus software using algorithm defined parameters. Statistical analysis: Minitab 17.

    The instrument

    discriminated effectively and efficiently between year one nurses in terms of the professional quality of their inherent nursing values and attributes;
    created suitability scores (STOT scores) for candidate screening purposes;
    suitability scores closely approximated normal distributions;
    was valid and reliable: robust in quantitative and qualitative terms;
    was administered, scored and interpreted in a standard manner;
    was easy to understand and complete and well received by participants.
    The NM instrument offers a standardized, effective, user friendly, screening process for values and attributes. Development work with a group of actual applicants is required. NM is complementary to other modes of assessment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)59-71
    JournalNursingOpen Wiley online Library
    Early online date07 Aug 2018
    Publication statusPublished - 04 Dec 2018


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