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Can an existing personal qualities measure be used to examine nursing students' professional and personal attributes?

Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-disciplinary Journal
Volume 15 Issue 2 (Oct 2013)

Abstract: Background: Schools of nursing continue to be challenged because students who display unprofessional behaviour are being allowed to progress through pre-registration programs. The inclusion of a personal qualities assessment as part of the admissions process may address this issue; however, no instrument currently used for selecting nursing students measures the range of personal qualities required in a practising nurse. Aim: The aim of this study was to determine whether a test battery known as the Personal Qualities Assessment is an appropriate instrument to measure the personal qualities of nursing students. Methods: A literature review identified studies that explored the personal qualities of a professional nurse. Thematic analysis identified recurring patterns, both in the literature and in the Australian Nursing and Midwifery professional codes and standards statements. The codes and standards statements were compared and mapped by an expert panel to the traits measured by the Personal Qualities Assessment. Inter-rater agreement analysis was used to demonstrate the experts' agreement with each other in the mapping exercise. Results: The Personal Qualities Assessment was found to map closely to the personal qualities desired in a registered nurse as expressed in the Australian Nursing and Midwifery professional codes and standards statements. There was a strong level of agreement between experts (item-IRA=0.5-1) in their mapping of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery professional codes and standards statements and the Personal Qualities Assessment.

To cite this article: Pitt, V; Powis, D; Levett-Jones, T and Hunter, S. Can an existing personal qualities measure be used to examine nursing students' professional and personal attributes? [online]. Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-disciplinary Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2, Oct 2013: 41-54. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=156098216835807;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1442-1100. [cited 23 May 17].

Personal Author: Pitt, V; Powis, D; Levett-Jones, T; Hunter, S; Source: Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-disciplinary Journal, Vol. 15, No. 2, Oct 2013: 41-54 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1442-1100 Subject: Nursing students--Education; Nursing ethics; Personality assessment; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) University of Newcastle, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia, email: Victoria.Pitt@newcastle.edu.au
(2) University of Newcastle, Australia
(3) University of Newcastle, Australia
(4) University of Newcastle, Australia

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