Mapping self-confidence levels of nurses in their provision of nursing care to others with alcohol and tobacco dependence, using Rasch scaling
Blackman, Ian Robert
de Crespigny, Charlotte Francis
Parker, Stephen John
Shannon Research Press
This study sought to identify factors that influenced the perceived complexity of providing nursing care to others (who were dependent on alcohol and tobacco) and the confidence of undergraduate student nurses to carry out this care. The research project was designed to explore whether there was a difference between the perceived complexities of 57 different nursing tasks and skills as understood by student nurses and their differing ages, gender and types of first language used. By using a probabilistic measurement approach (Rasch model), the study sought to assess whether a scale of performance for learning could be constructed based on the difficulty of nursing care required and the self-rated capacity of the undergraduate nursing students to provide the nursing care. Outcomes of the study suggest that nursing students do differ significantly both in how they view the complexity of providing nurse care and their capacity to provide that nursing care. Recommendations are made for informing nursing education programs, in a bid to make nursing care as it relates to others who are substance dependent, more effective. [Author abstract]
Drug Addiction, Nursing education
Blackman, I.R., de Crespigny, C.F., & Parker, S.J., 2006. Mapping self-confidence levels of nurses in their provision of nursing care to others with alcohol and tobacco dependence using Rasch scaling. International Education Journal, 7(3), 245-258.