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Nurse Competence Scale: Psychometric testing in a Norwegian context
Gjovik Univ Coll, Dept Nursing, Fac Hlth Care & Nursing, Gjovik, Norway..
Gjovik Univ Coll, Dept Nursing, Fac Hlth Care & Nursing, Gjovik, Norway.;Karlstad Univ, Dept Hlth Sci, Fac Hlth Sci & Technol, Karlstad, Sweden..
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences. Karlstad Univ, Dept Hlth Sci, Fac Hlth Sci & Technol, Karlstad, Sweden.;Hedmark Univ Coll, Dept Nursing, Fac Publ Hlth, Elverum, Norway..
2015 (English)In: Nurse Education in Practice, ISSN 1471-5953, E-ISSN 1873-5223, Vol. 15, no 1, 22-29 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

The aim was to test the construct validity of the Nurse Competence Scale. The Nurse Competence Scale has been used in hospital settings for various purposes in several countries. Despite this, confirmatory factor analyses are scarcely reported. The present study is based on re-analyses of data from 2007 (i.e. psychometric testing) and 593 newly graduated nurses working in various contexts were included. Confirmatory as well as exploratory factor analyses (Principal Component Analysis) were carried out. The original 7-factor model of the Nurse Competence Scale (73 items) was not confirmed. The exploratory factor analyses resulted in a Norwegian Nurse Competence Scale consisting of 46 items in the following competence categories: Planning and delivery of care, Teaching functions, Professional leadership, Research utilization and nursing values and Professional awareness. The results underline the needs for psychometric testing of an instrument after translation processes. The instrument is suitable for describing and comparing nurse competence for various reasons. It may also be helpful in creating competence development programs at an individual as well as at an organizational level. Further studies with a broader sample are recommended. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Churchill Livingstone , 2015. Vol. 15, no 1, 22-29 p.
Keyword [en]
Nurse competence, Confirmatory factor analysis, Exploratory factor analysis, Psychometric testing
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41658DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2014.11.007ISI: 000350519600005PubMedID: 25434831OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-41658DiVA: diva2:918429
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