Emotional intelligence and its role in recruitment of nursing students
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Emotional intelligence and its role in recruitment of nursing students

Steven Robert Lyon Senior lecturer, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield
Fiona Trotter Senior lecturer, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield
Barrie Holt Associate lecturer, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield
Elaine Powell Associate lecturer, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield
Andrew Roe Associate lecturer, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield

This article considers the concept of emotional intelligence and how it can be used in the recruitment and development of nursing students. The links between emotional intelligence and the qualities of compassion and caring are examined. The ethical difficulties surrounding the use of emotional intelligence tests are explored and the value of using a variety of recruitment methods is emphasised. The article suggests that emotional intelligence is an ability which may be developed through nurse education programmes, even if not fully present at interview. The contribution of service users to the recruitment of nursing students is examined, suggesting that they offer some important observations about interviewees. These observations may be more valid than the insights gained from the use of emotional intelligence tests.

Nursing Standard. 27, 40,41-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.06.27.40.41.e7529

Accepted: 01 March 2013

Published in print: 05 June 2013

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review