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Development and validation of the Ambulance Nurse Competence scale
Sophiahemmet University.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6245-1788
2020 (English)In: Journal of Emergency Nursing, ISSN 0099-1767, E-ISSN 1527-2966, Vol. 46, no 1, p. 34-43, article id S0099-1767(19)30460-XArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

INTRODUCTION: In recent decades, major competency shifts have taken place in prehospital care in Sweden because staffing ambulances with registered/specialized nurses has become a priority. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a new instrument to measure the self-reported professional competency of specialist ambulance nursing students and registered/specialist nurses working in prehospital care.

METHODS: This study used a quantitative cross-sectional design to evaluate psychometric properties of a new instrument. The sample included 179 registered/specialist ambulance nurses and 34 specialist ambulance nursing students.

RESULTS: The analyses resulted in the Ambulance Nurse Competence (ANC) scale, consisting of 43 items and covering 8 factors: Nursing Care (n = 8), Value-based Nursing Care (n = 5), Medical Technical Care (n = 5), Care Environment's Community (n = 4), Care Environment's Serious Events (n = 8), Leadership Management (n = 3), Supervision and Professional Conduct (n = 4), and Research and Development (n = 6). All factors except Leadership Management achieved a Cronbach's alpha value greater than 0.71, explaining 59.62% of the total variance.

DISCUSSION: The ANC scale was systematically tested and showed satisfactory psychometrical properties. The ANC scale can be used in the education programs of future registered/specialist ambulance nurses as a tool for self-reflected learning and could also be of potential use in identifying competence gaps in registered/specialist ambulance nurses, which could direct the design of introductory programs. The scale could also be used as an outcome measure together with other instruments.

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2020. Vol. 46, no 1, p. 34-43, article id S0099-1767(19)30460-X
Keywords [en]
Ambulance nurse, Competencies, Prehospital, Psychometric properties, Scale development, Specialist nurse
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URN: urn:nbn:se:shh:diva-3554DOI: 10.1016/j.jen.2019.07.019PubMedID: 31685336OAI: oai:DiVA.org:shh-3554DiVA, id: diva2:1385150
Available from: 2020-01-13 Created: 2020-01-13 Last updated: 2020-01-13Bibliographically approved

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