Using the Nursing Culture Assessment Tool (NCAT) in Long-Term Care: An Update on Psychometrics and Scoring Standardization.


Journal Article (Review)

An effective workforce performing within the context of a positive cultural environment is central to a healthcare organization's ability to achieve quality outcomes. The Nursing Culture Assessment Tool (NCAT) provides nurses with a valid and reliable tool that captures the general aspects of nursing culture. This study extends earlier work confirming the tool's construct validity and dimensionality by standardizing the scoring approach and establishing norm-referenced scoring. Scoring standardization provides a reliable point of comparison for NCAT users. NCAT assessments support nursing's ability to evaluate nursing culture, use results to shape the culture into one that supports change, and advance nursing's best practices and care outcomes. Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants from 54 long-term care facilities in Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina, and Oregon were surveyed. Confirmatory factor analysis yielded six first order factors forming the NCAT's subscales (Expectations, Behaviors, Teamwork, Communication, Satisfaction, Commitment) (Comparative Fit Index 0.93) and a second order factor-The Total Culture Score. Aggregated facility level comparisons of observed group variance with expected random variance using rwg(J) statistics is presented. Normative scores and cumulative rank percentages and how the NCAT can be used in implementing planned change are provided.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kennerly, S; Heggestad, ED; Myers, H; Yap, TL

Published Date

  • July 29, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 637 - 647

PubMed ID

  • 27417786

Pubmed Central ID

  • 27417786

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2227-9032

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2227-9032

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3390/healthcare3030637


  • eng