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Table 2 Non-cognitive abilities used in the selection process for nursing students

From: A scoping review of admission criteria and selection methods in nursing education

Categories Definition Factors Relevant Studies
Communication skills Collect and convey information in order to create and sustain relationships with others in appropriate manner. appropriate non-verbal communication/body language Taylor R et al., 2014 [52], Waugh A et al., 2014 [54], Gale J et al., 2016 [6], Haavisto E et al., 2019 [67], Perkins et al., 2013 [47], Callwood A et al., 2018 [65]
active listening
expressiveness
Engages in social conversation
Able to give advice, and give directions to others
Teamwork Effectively and respectfully work with others cooperativeness, Gale J et al., 2016 [6], Callwood A et al., 2018 [65], Perkins et al., 2013 [47], Taylor R et al., 2014 [52], McNeill C et al., 2019 [69], Waugh A et al., 2014 [54]
collegiality
Ability to work closely with others
Dynamism Seek for learning opportunities, Flexibility to change and Being challenging open minded Haavisto E et al., 2019 [67], McNeill C et al., 2019 [69], Jones-Schenk & Harper, 2014 [53]
Self-directed skills
Commitment to Personal Development
adapt to an environment that may change rapidly
Not being resistant to change,
adaptability
Morality To act in accordance with ethical principles and standards of conduct ethical insights (ethical decision making, moral judgment) Gale J et al., 2016 [6], Haavisto E et al., 2019 [67], Callwood A et al., 2018 [65], Jones-Schenk & Harper, 2014 [53], McNeill C et al., 2019 [69], Waugh A et al., 2014 [54], Taylor R et al., 2014 [52]
Responsible
Conscientious
Accountability
Reliable
Trustworthy
Honesty
disclosure e of error
integrity
Respect for others (privacy and dignity)
Psychological strength Ability to deal with the trials and tribulations stress management, Jones-Schenk & Harper, 2014 [53], Waugh A et al., 2014 [54]
tolerance highly stressful situations
able to stand the sight of blood, able to cope with death
Patient
Emotional intelligence Accurately recognize and understand one’s own emotions and those of others, using this information to guide future behavior. emotion perception (understanding emotions, Understanding and supportive) Haavisto E et al., 2019 [67], Gale J et al., 2016 [6], Callwood A et al., 2018 [65], Taylor R et al., 2014 [52], Waugh A et al., 2014 [54]
Understand and control reactions to the behaviors and emotions of others
emotional maturity
Sensitive to others and self
Able to give advice, and give directions to others
Warmth Demonstrate affection or enthusiasm in behavior. Kindness, friendly Gale J et al., 2016 [6], Ruth Sampie Simelane 2017 [63], Callwood A et al., 2018 [65], Waugh A et al., 2014 [54], Jones-Schenk & Harper, 2014 [53], Pitt V et al., 2012 [42]
Compassionate
Altruistic, (Desire to help, Inherent desire to care)
Empathy