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Nursing school admission criteria that screen for emotional competency could result in a nursing workforce better equipped to provide care that is human centred as well as instrumental.
Nurses selected and educated for emotional capability could create a workforce with greater resilience and retention.
This study provides a foundation for further research on emotional intelligence measures and successful graduation from nursing school as well as postgraduation success.
Nursing school admission officers and educators alike have expressed growing interest in criteria for admission to nursing school beyond those traditionally used (standardised testing scores and previous academic achievement). This interest has grown in a care climate where a greater need for human-centred caring (the patient's experience …