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Right Person, Right Skills, Right Job: The Contribution of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations in Advancing Staff Nurse Experts

Mitchell, Marion PhD, RN; Strube, Petra M Adv Prac, RN; Vaux, Amanda M Adv Prac Critical Care, RN; West, Nicky GCert Hlth Mment, RN; Auditore, Anthony MNSt, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: October 2013 - Volume 43 - Issue 10 - p 543–548
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182a3e91d

Recruitment processes need to discriminate among candidates to ensure that the right person with the right skills is selected for advancement opportunities. An innovative recruitment process using an objective structured clinical examination grounded in best practice guidelines resulted in improved recruitment practices for senior nursing clinical expert roles. Candidates’ skills, knowledge, and attitudes in the areas of patient focus, clinical expertise, teamwork, and leadership were assessed using a clinical simulation. Candidates achieving advancement were assessed at 6 months to validate the efficacy of the process.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor (Dr Mitchell), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Centre for Health Practice Innovation, Griffith Health Institute, and Principal Research Fellow, Princess Alexandra Hospital Intensive Care Unit; Nurse Educator, Intensive Care Unit (Ms Strube); Clinical Nurse Consultant, Intensive Care Unit Outreach Service (Ms Vaux); Nurse Unit Manager, Intensive Care Unit (Ms West); Nurse Unit Manager, Ward 1D (Mr Auditore), Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Strube, Intensive Care Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba, 4102, Brisbane, Australia (

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