Evaluation of a multiple-mini-interview protocol used as a selection tool for entry to an undergraduate nursing programme

Perkins, Andrew, Burton, Louise, Dray, Beattie and Elcock, Karen (2013) Evaluation of a multiple-mini-interview protocol used as a selection tool for entry to an undergraduate nursing programme. Nurse Education Today, 33(5), pp. 465-469. ISSN (print) 0260-6917

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Whilst an individual's cognitive skills are essential for academic progress, the possession of non-cognitive skills, such as empathy and ethical judgement are attributes required and valued in those applying to join healthcare programmes and by the profession itself. Doubts have been expressed, however, whether final selection using traditional interviewing methods serve adequately to reveal these key competencies. Kingston University and St George's University of London, therefore, have employed the Multiple-Mini-Interview (MMI) system for those applying to their BSc Nursing Programme. The MMI comprises a series of interview 'stations' where candidates respond to scenarios and are assessed on their display of required skills/competences. 890 candidates and 82 interviewers completed a short questionnaire to gauge their reaction to the concept. There were positive responses from candidates with 65% replying that it was "a better experience" compared with traditional interviews. Unsolicited comment was generally found to refer to restrictions on opportunities to express enthusiasm for nursing. Interviewers likewise responded positively with 71% noting "a better experience." Unsolicited feedback indicated that some would have preferred to have had greater opportunity to discuss nursing issues, with their interviewees. It has been agreed that the MMI system of interviewing will be retained and further work will include the tracking of students through and into the workplace.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Nursing and midwifery
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (until 2017)
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Depositing User: Karen Elcock
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2013 10:47
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2013 09:07
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/25481

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