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Recruitment rethink: getting the right nurse in the right role

Leading NHS trusts are recruiting ward sisters using an interview technique that focuses on the innate strengths needed to succeed in the role rather than competencies. The approach recognises that even a great nurse will struggle in the wrong job.
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Leading NHS trusts are recruiting ward sisters using an interview technique that focuses on innate strengths rather than competencies. The approach recognises that even a great nurse will struggle in the wrong job

Senior nurses say it is clear when a ward is well run by a good sister or charge nurse. But it is also obvious that some ward sisters underperform in units where standards are not what they should be. Recruitment to this role, which is so vital for patient safety and experience, is not always a success.

To address this issue, a number of leading NHS trusts have begun using a new way of interviewing potential ward sisters, based on their strengths rather than their competencies.

The method, developed by Sally Bibb, founding director of strengths-based

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