The development of the King's Nurse Performance Scale to measure clinical nurse performance is described.
Instrument construction was informed by the Slater Nursing Competencies Rating Scale [Wandelt, M. A. and Stewart, D. S. (1975) Slater Nursing Competencies Rating Scale.
Appleton-Century Crofts, New York] together with key literature and the use of expert opinion.
The instrument was utilised to observe the clinical performance of senior student nurses (n=99) and data which were at the ordinal level were statistically analysed using a variety of non-parametric tests.
Key findings of students'observed nursing practice are presented in a separate paper (While et al., unpublished document).
Internal consistency testing of the King's Nurse Performance Scale using Cronbach's alpha coefficient revealed a promising alpha for the total instrument (r=0.93).
The subsection alphas indicated that further refinement may enhance the strength of the instrument as a tool for the measurement of performance in different domains of practice.
The possible use of the Scale in the professional development of newly qualified nurses is suggested.
Mots-clés Pascal : Echelle évaluation, Performance, Infirmier, Personnel sanitaire, Homme, Aptitude professionnelle, Psychométrie, Validation test, Fidélité test, Formation professionnelle, Etudiant, King's Nurse Performance Scale Fitzpatrick et al
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Evaluation scale, Performance, Nurse, Health staff, Human, Vocational aptitude, Psychometrics, Test validation, Test reliability, Occupational training, Student
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