Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing
Research Article

Developing and Evaluating the Psychometric Properties of the Pediatric Nursing Competency Scale for Nursing Students

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Department of Pediatric Nursing, Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Nursing, İzmir, Turkey

FNJN Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing 2020; 28: 133-142
DOI: 10.5152/FNJN.2020.19065
Read: 238 Downloads: 222 Published: 03 July 2020

Aim: This study aims to develop and evaluate the psychometric properties of the Pediatric Nursing Competency Scale for nursing students.

Methods: This study was conducted with 318 nursing students, including third-year students enrolled in a pediatric nursing course and fourth-year students completing a pediatric nursing internship. Factor analysis, Cronbach’s alpha, item-total score analysis, and known-groups comparison were used to assess the research data. In total, 16 items were eliminated from the scale on the basis of experts’ recommendations.

Results: The scale consisted of 39 items and 8 sub-scales. The 8 sub-scales exhibited 66.4% of the total variance. Both exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) revealed that all factor loads were greater than 0.40. The CFA also revealed that all of the fit indices were greater than 0.85, and the root mean square error of approximation was less than 0.08. Cronbach’s alpha was 0.96 for the entire scale, and greater than 0.80 for all sub-scales.

Conclusion: The Pediatric Nursing Competency Scale for nursing students was found to be valid and reliable.

Cite this article as: Bektaş, İ., Bektaş, M., Ayar, D. (2020). Developing and evaluating the psychometric properties of the Pediatric Nursing Competency Scale for nursing students. Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing, 28(2), 133-142.

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