Talking realistically about nursing: a thematic analysis of nursing course selection interview discourse

James Moir, Charles Abraham

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This study examines the dialogue within selection interviews for places on a graduate nursing programme. The analysis focuses upon the way in which a ‘realistic’ knowledge of nursing is tested for, and demonstrated through, particular discursive themes. These themes reflect a wider social acceptance of accountable rational decision-making. It is argued that applicants who are able to draw upon the interpretative resources necessary to justify their nursing course application in these terms are more likely to be evaluated positively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)778–782
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1995


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