Lyon, Steve, Trotter, Fiona, Holt, Barrie, Powell, Elaine and Roe, Andrew (2013) Emotional intelligence and its role in recruitment of nursing students. Nursing Standard, 27 (40). pp. 41-46. ISSN 0029-6570

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.

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