Development, Psychometric Testing, and Use of a Disaster Nursing Competency Scale in Iran: A Mixed Methods Study

Aliakbari, Fatemeh and Aein, Fereshteh and Bahrami, Masoud and Arbon, Paul A. (2021) Development, Psychometric Testing, and Use of a Disaster Nursing Competency Scale in Iran: A Mixed Methods Study. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. ISSN 19357893

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Abstract

Nurses play an important role during disaster response and recovery. Few tools are available to assess the relative competence of nurses in disaster. This study aimed to develop, test, and evaluate a disaster nursing competency scale. This was an exploratory mixed methods study. In the qualitative phase, 35 Iranian nurses and managers with experience in disaster relief were asked about the skills they need to respond effectively to a disaster event. From the qualitative data, a 50-item questionnaire was developed. In the quantitative phase, exploratory factor analysis was conducted with 400 samples followed by a test-retest reliability assessment with 30 nurses. The developed and validated instrument was applied to 200 nurses in Iran to assess their competency. From content analysis of the qualitative data, 5 main themes emerged. In the quantitative phase, exploratory factor analysis loaded 50 items into 4 domains named management, legal and ethical, specific personal, and technical competence. Use of the tool showed that nurses estimated their competence overall at 70.28. Findings demonstrate the necessity for new domains in disaster nursing competencies; which may be applicable as a useful tool and guideline to improve nursing education and practice.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: article; content analysis; disaster medicine; disaster response; emergency health service; emergency nursing; exploratory factor analysis; exploratory research; human; human experiment; Iran; major clinical study; manager; nurse attitude; nursing education; practice guideline; quantitative analysis; questionnaire; skill; test retest reliability
Subjects: WA Public Health > Public Health Education WA.18 > WA 30 Social, Economic, and Environmental factor in public health
WA Public Health > WA 30 Social, Economic, and Environmental factor in public health

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Divisions: Reserach Vice-Chancellar Department > Community-Oriented Nursing Midwifery Research Center
Depositing User: zeynab . bagheri
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2021 08:22
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2021 08:22
URI: http://eprints.skums.ac.ir/id/eprint/9200

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