Admission to a baccalaureate nursing school in the United States is currently a challenging proposition for a variety of reasons. This research explored a holistic nursing school admission process at a small, private, baccalaureate college using a retrospective, mixed-method, approach. The holistic method included multiple admission criteria, both qualitative and quantitative student data, in an attempt to view the whole applicant. Sixty-eight nursing students admitted through the 2011-2013 admission cycles comprised the study population. Holland's Person-Job Fit Theory (1992) framework was applied to the student's holistic data, which included college grade point averages, essays, and reviewer notes from group interviews. The findings revealed that, for the study population, interviews were the best predictor of semester-to-semester nursing student retention. A statistical relationship was not found when the college admission grade point averages were compared to the nursing student retention. Likewise, the admission essays, rescored seeking fit according to Holland, were not predictive of actual retention in the program.Likewise, the admission essays, rescored seeking fit according to Holland, were not predictive of actual retention in the program.
|Title||:||Nursing Admission Practices to Discern "fit"|