Queens University Begins Major Research Project Evaluating Nurse Match Screening Tool

26 March 2018


The funding for the research was granted by the prestigious Burdett Trust for Nursing. 

Research Director Dr Marian Traynor, Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, said “This exciting new development will better determine a candidate’s suitability for a nursing career based on their personal attributes and has the potential to supplement or replace the personal statement as a part of the selection process.”
Since the 2014 Francis Report on the Mid-Staffordshire NHS public enquiry, when the UK Department of Health directed the NHS to “Deliver high quality, effective, compassionate care: developing the right people with the right skills and the right values.” there has been an increased focus on the values agenda in recruitment.
The Nurse Match recruitment tool has been developed for use in screening for interview during the first stage of the selection process.  It uses an insightful scoring method for estimating suitability of a candidate’s values against a set of professional values and combines resource and cost saving s with increased effectiveness.
Managing Director of Identity Exploration Ltd., Mr Allen Erskine explained “Our innovative identity process takes a case-study approach offering a deeper insight into key personal nursing attributes than a personal statement or a standard psychological test since Nurse Match identifies stable and strongly held values as well as those associated with doubt and uncertainty.”
Dr Traynor added; “This new approach is designed to uncover and score an applicant’s attributes and values against professional standards. It can also assist in identifying applicants who have the potential to become leaders within healthcare and lead the nursing profession in Northern Ireland.”

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