Validation of the professional practice environment scale in nurse educators in hospitals
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Validation of the professional practice environment scale in nurse educators in hospitals

Jan Maree Sayers Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Yenna Salamonson Associate professor, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Michelle DiGiacomo Senior lecturer, University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Patricia Mary Davidson Professor, University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Aim To report an assessment of the psychometric properties of the Professional Practice Environment (PPE) scale in a sample of Australian nurse educators in acute care hospitals.

Background Although nurse educators are important in an enabling work environment, there has been no reported exploration of their satisfaction with work in acute care hospitals.

Discussion The factor structure and internal consistency of the PPE scale were consistent with Erickson’s eight-factor model of the items, indicating the appropriateness of the scale as an assessment tool to measure the PPE of nurse educators.

Conclusion The PPE scale is useful for monitoring the work environment of nurse educators in clinical practice and the environmental effects influencing their recruitment, retention and job satisfaction.

Implications for practice This work may inform the development of integrated professional practice environments where the professional practice and workplace satisfaction of nurse educators are optimised, influencing safe, quality patient care.

Nurse Researcher. 23, 4, 14-18. doi: 10.7748/nr.23.4.14.s4

Correspondence

j.sayers@uws.edu.au

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 16 March 2015

Accepted: 27 July 2015

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