Exploring registered nurses’ attitudes towards postgraduate education in Australia: an overview of literature

Ng, Linda C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6155-7625 and Tuckett, Anthony G. and Fox-Young, Stephanie K. and Kain, Victoria J. (2014) Exploring registered nurses’ attitudes towards postgraduate education in Australia: an overview of literature. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 4 (2). pp. 162-170. ISSN 1925-4040

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Background: Nursing education is designed to prepare competent nurses to meet the current and future health care needs of society. Changes to nursing education, especially at post graduate level, will therefore likely be influenced by the on-going developments in healthcare and socio-economic factors.

Objective: The main purpose of this study is to develop and validate an instrument that explores the beliefs of Registered Nurses about Postgraduate education in the context of specialist nursing practice in Australia (specialty education).

Methods: The Nurses Attitudes Towards Post Graduate Education (NATPGE) instrument was sent to an expert panel to undertake judgment-quantification (content validity testing). Content Validity Index (CVI) based on expert ratings of relevance was used as a method of quantifying content validity for the NATPGE instrument.
A convenience sample of 25 Registered Nurses (RN) was selected from four major Queensland tertiary hospitals to assess the face validity of the instrument.
A random sample of 100 RN from the Nurses and Midwives e-Cohort Study (NMeS) were invited to participate in a test-retest pilot as part of the process of assessing the reliability of the online NATPGE. To gauge the test-retest reliability, the instrument was administered at two different time points, 3 weeks apart, under similar conditions.

Results: The content and face validity was assessed using descriptive statistics. For the test-retest reliability, the NATPGE instrument were analysed on an item by item basis to calculate the intra rater reliability using the weighted kappa (kw) statistic. The NATPGE instrument attained moderate test-retest reliability. 80% of the items on the instrument reached a fair to moderate agreement between the test and retest.

Conclusions: There is a need for development of a robust psychometric instrument to explore Registered Nurses’ Attitudes Towards Post Graduate Education (NATPGE).

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Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2019 01:53
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 04:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: registered nurses, content and face validity testing, test retest reliability, instrument development
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v4n2p162
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35947

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