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Innovation in values based public health nursing student selection: a qualitative evaluation of candidate and selection panel member perspectives

Mcgraw, C., Brook, J. and Abbott, S. (2018). Innovation in values based public health nursing student selection: a qualitative evaluation of candidate and selection panel member perspectives. Public Health Nursing, doi: 10.1111/phn.12392

Abstract

Values based recruitment emerges from the premise that a high degree of valuecongruence, or the extent to which an individual’s values are similar to those of the health organisation in which they work, leads to organisational effectiveness.

Objectives: The aim of this evaluation was to explore how candidates and selection panel members experienced and perceived innovative methods of values based public health nursing student selection.

Intervention: The use of photo elicitation interviews and situational judgement questions in the context of selection to a university run public health nursing educational programme was explored.

Design: The evaluation was framed by a qualitative exploratory design involving semistructured interviews and a group exercise. Data were thematically analysed.

Sample: Eight semi-structured interviews were conducted with selection panel members. Twenty-two successful candidates took part in a group exercise.

Results: Whilst candidates were ambivalent about the use of photo elicitation interviews, with some misunderstanding the task, selection panel members saw the benefits for improving candidate expression and reducing gaming and deception. Situational interview questions were endorsed by candidates and selection panel members due to their fidelity to real life problems and the ability of panel members to discern value congruence from candidates’ responses.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: McGraw C, Abbott S, Brook J. Innovation in values based public health nursing student selection: A qualitative evaluation of candidate and selection panel member perspectives. Public Health Nurs. 2018;00:1–9., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/phn.12392. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Publisher Keywords: Public Health Nursing, Compassion, Values based recruitment, Personnel selection
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Nursing
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/19089
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