Psychometric testing on the NLN Student Satisfaction and Self-Confidence in Learning, Simulation Design Scale, and Educational Practices Questionnaire using a sample of pre-licensure novice nurses

Ashley E. Franklin, Paulette Burns, Christopher Lee

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: In 2006, the National League for Nursing published three measures related to novice nurses' beliefs about self-confidence, scenario design, and educational practices associated with simulation. Despite the extensive use of these measures, little is known about their reliability and validity.

METHODS: The psychometric properties of the Student Satisfaction and Self-Confidence in Learning Scale, Simulation Design Scale, and Educational Practices Questionnaire were studied among a sample of 2200 surveys completed by novice nurses from a liberal arts university in the southern United States. Psychometric tests included item analysis, confirmatory and exploratory factor analyses in randomly-split subsamples, concordant and discordant validity, and internal consistency.

RESULTS: All three measures have sufficient reliability and validity to be used in education research. There is room for improvement in content validity with the Student Satisfaction and Self-Confidence in Learning and Simulation Design Scale.

CONCLUSION: This work provides robust evidence to ensure that judgments made about self-confidence after simulation, simulation design and educational practices are valid and reliable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1298-1304
Number of pages7
JournalNurse Education Today
Volume34
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014

Keywords

  • Education
  • Evaluation
  • Nursing
  • Psychometrics
  • Self-confidence
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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