Adaptation and validation of a survey instrument measuring perceived preparedness of nursing graduates
Maricris Algoso Candidate, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Kath Peters Associate professor, University of Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Lucie Ramjan Senior lecturer, University of Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Leah East Senior lecturer, Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria, Australia
Background In Australia, a significant percentage of bachelor of nursing students are employed in the aged care sector, or in aged care settings, as assistants in nursing (AINs) or personal care assistants. However the value of aged care in nursing education is often overlooked.
Aim To outline the adaptation and validation of a survey, originally developed for medical graduates, for use with nursing graduates.
Discussion Adaptation of the instrument was undertaken as part of a doctoral study that aimed to explore whether employment as an undergraduate assistant in nursing (AIN) in aged care prepares new graduates for clinical work.
Conclusion Outlining each step of the modification process can help nurse researchers who want to adapt existing instruments to meet their research objectives.
Implications for practice Undergraduate AIN employment has the potential to supplement clinical learning without the restrictions inherent in the student role. Furthermore, it has the potential to enhance recruitment and retention in the aged care sector.
23, 6, 37-41.
This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software
Conflict of interest
Received: 30 September 2015
Accepted: 22 January 2016
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