Development and psychometric testing of the nursing culture assessment tool.

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Journal Article

A valid and reliable nursing culture assessment tool aimed at capturing general aspects of nursing culture is needed for use in health care settings to assess and then reshape indicated troubled areas of the nursing culture. This article summarizes the Nursing Culture Assessment Tool's (NCAT) development and reports on a cross-sectional, exploratory investigation of its psychometric properties. The research aims were to test the tool's psychometric properties; discover its dimensionality; and refine the item structure to best represent the construct of nursing culture, an occupational subset of organizational culture. Empirical construct validity was tested using a sample of licensed nurses and nursing assistants (n = 340). Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and logistical regression yielded a 6-factor, 19-item solution. Evidence supports the tool's validity for assessing nursing culture as a basis for shaping the culture into one that supports change, thereby accelerating, improving, and advancing nursing best practices and care outcomes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kennerly, SM; Yap, TL; Hemmings, A; Beckett, G; Schafer, JC; Borchers, A

Published Date

  • November 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 467 - 485

PubMed ID

  • 22523245

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22523245

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-3799

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1054-7738

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1054773812440810

Language

  • eng