ERIC Number: ED201264
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Perceived Dimensions of Nursing Practice: A Factor Analytic Study Using Nurse Educators.
Boss, Barbara J.
The applicability of a factor analytic approach to explore the nature of a complex job performance criterion for nursing practice and to determine the dimensions of this criterion was investigated. A national sample of 1,038 nurse educators from 85 randomly selected programs judged performance criteria contained in the Clinical Nursing Rating Scale and the Nurses' Professional Orientation Scale. A common factor analysis was conducted to identify dimensions of nursing practice underlying the scales. Internal consistency estimates and item-total subscale score correlations were calculated to examine stability of item groupings across a sample from the same population. A nested design multiple analysis of variance was used to investigate whether the mean subscale scores differed among faculty members from the three types of nursing educational programs (diploma, associate degree, and baccalaureate). Four stable factors emerged. Factor I represented an interpersonal dimension. Misconceptions and myths about nursing loaded on Factor II. Factor III represented a cognitive-leadership component, and Factor IV represented dependent nursing functions. Internal consistency for these subscales using coefficient alpha ranged from .81 to .91. Item-subscale correlations consistently were highest for the subscale on which the item loaded. Faculty from the three types of nursing educational programs did not differ. Appended materials include a bibliography, sample items from the rating scales, and information on characteristics of participating nursing faculty members. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Clinical Nursing Rating Scale; Nurses Professional Orientation Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).