Structure and Content of a New Entrance Exam to Select Undergraduate Nursing Students

Elina Haavisto, Maija Hupli, Nina Hahtela, Asta Heikkilä, Pirjo Huovila, Eeva Liisa Moisio, Lea Yli-Koivisto, Kirsi Talman

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    Aim The aim of this study was to develop an evidence-based structure and content for the new nursing entrance examination. Background The purpose of the student selection process is to ensure that those admitted have the required aptitude, motivation and potential to successfully complete studies. Methods The literature reviews were collected using systematic searches in five electronic databases on the assessment of learning skills, social skills/ emotional intelligence and certainty of career choice of nursing applicants. Three focus group interviews (n = 26) were conducted. Data were analysed inductively. The structure and content of the entrance examination was formed by two data sets synthesis. Findings Nursing student selection should involve the assessment of five categories in learning skills, three in social skills and four categories in certainty of career choice. Conclusion Comprehensive assessment can ensure that those admitted are suitable for the profession and have the capability to succeed in their studies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number20180008
    JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • career choice
    • emotional intelligence
    • learning skills
    • nursing student selection
    • social skills

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nursing(all)
    • Education


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