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Mapping self-confidence levels of nurses in their provision of nursing care to others with alcohol and tobacco dependence, using Rasch scaling


Ian Blackman 
School of Nursing, Flinders University 
ian.blackman@flinders.edu.au
 

Charlotte de Crespigny 
School of Nursing, Flinders University

Steve Parker 
School of Nursing, Flinders University

 

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Abstract

This study seeks to identify factors that influence the perceived complexity of providing nursing care to others (who are dependent on alcohol and tobacco) and the confidence of undergraduate student nurses to carry out this care. The research project is designed to explore whether there is 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 seeks to assess whether a scale of performance for learning can 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.

Rasch scaling, partial credit model, attitude measurement, alcohol and tobacco dependence

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Blackman, I., de Crespigny, C. and Parker, S. (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.
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