Development and psychometric testing of the nursing research self-efficacy scale (NURSES)

Evelyn Swenson-Britt, Andrea Berndt

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    The Nursing Research Self-Efficacy Scale (NURSES) was designed to measure individual nurses' degree of research self-efficacy and their perceptions regarding their unit's collective support of research use. Development for the NURSES instrument spanned a 4-year period, which included initial development, revisions, and psychometric evaluations. Method: The NURSES is a 38-item Likertscale instrument developed through ongoing instrument validation that included content validation and exploratory and confirmatory analysis. The 5 subscales include obtaining science-based knowledge resources, critically reading and evaluating quantitative research literature, critically reading and evaluating qualitative research literature, understanding and applying theory, and collective research efficacy. Results: Over a 4-year period, approximately 1000 practicing nurses from multiple hospitals responded to the instrument. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses supported the existence of four subscales for research self-efficacy and one subscale for collective research efficacy. Reliability for the subscales was excellent, ranging from .94 to .97. Conclusions: Hospitals may wish to use the NURSES instrument as an orientation tool, or to examine relationships between research efficacy and nurses' professional development. Health care facilities on a Magnet journey might also use the NURSES instrument to assess their nursing staff as they pursue evidence-based practice and conduct research.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)4-22
    Number of pages19
    JournalJournal of Nursing Measurement
    Volume21
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2013

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    Nursing Research
    Self Efficacy
    Psychometrics
    Research
    Nurses
    Reading
    Magnets
    Qualitative Research
    Evidence-Based Practice
    Nursing Staff
    Health Facilities
    Statistical Factor Analysis
    Delivery of Health Care

    Keywords

    • Collective research efficacy
    • Instrument development
    • Knowledge translation
    • Nursing research self-efficacy

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nursing(all)

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    Development and psychometric testing of the nursing research self-efficacy scale (NURSES). / Swenson-Britt, Evelyn; Berndt, Andrea.

    In: Journal of Nursing Measurement, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2013, p. 4-22.

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    Swenson-Britt, Evelyn ; Berndt, Andrea. / Development and psychometric testing of the nursing research self-efficacy scale (NURSES). In: Journal of Nursing Measurement. 2013 ; Vol. 21, No. 1. pp. 4-22.
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