September 2013


James Higgins
James Kuthy
Felecia Sadler
Ron Gonzales, MS BSN
Dan Biddle


Acute Care, Ambulatory Care, Assessments, Hiring, Nurse onboarding, Past, Prehire assessment, Staff Retention


Biddle Consulting Group


Hiring Right, Every Time

Using prehire assessments to hire highly qualified nurses who have a full spectrum of knowledge, interpersonal skills, and technological competence.

With increased need to demonstrate positive outcomes and cost efficiency in acute care settings, Nursing Managers have increased pressure to hire staff with not only knowledge in their field but also with interpersonal skills and technological competence to provide optimal outcomes. Prehire assessments are becoming a necessity to identify staff with these characteristics. This paper provides a review of one such prehire assessment platform comprised of three tests– clinical, situational judgment and personality/behavior that can be used to create a combined score that can effectively predict job success.

This aricle reviews the process of crafting and validating the assessments and how well the results of the assessment correlated to job performance. In addition to improving the job performance levels of potential nursing staff, substantial financial gains through reduced turnover costs can also be realized by using prehire assessments.

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For more information, you can find the full study in the journal, Nursing Management.

CITATION: Higgins, J., Kuthy, J.E., Sadler, F., Gonsalez, R. & Biddle, D.D. (2013). Hiring right, every time. Nursing Management44(9), 51-53.