Journal of Nursing Education

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Educational Innovations 

The Value of Admission Interviews in Selecting Accelerated Second-Degree Baccalaureate Nursing Students

Lisa Rosenberg, PhD, RN; Suzanne Perraud, PhD, RN; Lucy Willis, PhD, RN

  • Journal of Nursing Education. 2007;46(9)
  • Posted September 1, 2007

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Accelerated undergraduate nursing programs have attracted more qualified applicants than can be accommodated, yet higher-than-desired attrition rates continue for a variety of reasons (e.g., pace of program, poor lifestyle choices, role concerns). The financial effects of the loss of students from these programs has gone largely undocumented and is intensified by the knowledge that a better admission decision could have resulted in another nurse in the workforce. In this article, the inclusion of structured personal interviews into the admission decision-making process is discussed. Specifically, do interviews provide relevant data in making admission decisions? Attempts to reduce subjectivity through the development of a structured interview guide, the training of paired interview teams, and the institution of a “post-mortem” technique to guide revisions are also described. Interviews do result in denial of applicants who seem appropriate based on paper portfolio criteria, allowing for inclusion of other potentially successful applicants.

AUTHORS

Received: September 17, 2006

Accepted: November 1, 2006

Dr. Rosenberg is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Willis is Director of Multicultural Affairs, and Dr. Perraud is Associate Chairperson of the Department of Community and Mental Health Nursing, Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois.

Address correspondence to Lisa Rosenberg, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Rush University College of Nursing, 600 S. Paulina #1080, Chicago, IL 60612; e-mail: Lisa_Rosenberg@rush.edu.

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Accelerated undergraduate nursing programs have attracted more qualified applicants than can be accommodated, yet higher-than-desired attrition rates continue for a variety of reasons (e.g., pace of program, poor lifestyle choices, role concerns). The financial effects of the loss of students from these programs has gone largely undocumented and is intensified by the knowledge that a better admission decision could have resulted in another nurse in the workforce. In this article, the inclusion of structured personal interviews into the admission decision-making process is discussed. Specifically, do interviews provide relevant data in making admission decisions? Attempts to reduce subjectivity through the development of a structured interview guide, the training of paired interview teams, and the institution of a “post-mortem” technique to guide revisions are also described. Interviews do result in denial of applicants who seem appropriate based on paper portfolio criteria, allowing for inclusion of other potentially successful applicants.

AUTHORS

Received: September 17, 2006

Accepted: November 1, 2006

Dr. Rosenberg is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Willis is Director of Multicultural Affairs, and Dr. Perraud is Associate Chairperson of the Department of Community and Mental Health Nursing, Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois.

Address correspondence to Lisa Rosenberg, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Rush University College of Nursing, 600 S. Paulina #1080, Chicago, IL 60612; e-mail: Lisa_Rosenberg@rush.edu.

ABSTRACT

Accelerated undergraduate nursing programs have attracted more qualified applicants than can be accommodated, yet higher-than-desired attrition rates continue for a variety of reasons (e.g., pace of program, poor lifestyle choices, role concerns). The financial effects of the loss of students from these programs has gone largely undocumented and is intensified by the knowledge that a better admission decision could have resulted in another nurse in the workforce. In this article, the inclusion of structured personal interviews into the admission decision-making process is discussed. Specifically, do interviews provide relevant data in making admission decisions? Attempts to reduce subjectivity through the development of a structured interview guide, the training of paired interview teams, and the institution of a “post-mortem” technique to guide revisions are also described. Interviews do result in denial of applicants who seem appropriate based on paper portfolio criteria, allowing for inclusion of other potentially successful applicants.

AUTHORS

Received: September 17, 2006

Accepted: November 1, 2006

Dr. Rosenberg is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Willis is Director of Multicultural Affairs, and Dr. Perraud is Associate Chairperson of the Department of Community and Mental Health Nursing, Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois.

Address correspondence to Lisa Rosenberg, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Rush University College of Nursing, 600 S. Paulina #1080, Chicago, IL 60612; e-mail: Lisa_Rosenberg@rush.edu.

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