Construct validity and reliability of the single checking administration of medications scale

O'Connell, Beverly, Hawkins, Mary and Ockerby, Cherene 2013, Construct validity and reliability of the single checking administration of medications scale, International journal of nursing practice, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 281-287.

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Title Construct validity and reliability of the single checking administration of medications scale
Author(s) O'Connell, Beverly
Hawkins, Mary
Ockerby, Cherene
Journal name International journal of nursing practice
Volume number 19
Issue number 3
Start page 281
End page 287
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2013-06
ISSN 1322-7114
Keyword(s) instrument development
nursing
quality
single checking of medications
Summary Research indicates that single checking of medications is as safe as double checking; however, many nurses are averse to independently checking medications. To assist with the introduction and use of single checking, a measure of nurses' attitudes, the thirteen-item Single Checking Administration of Medications Scale (SCAMS) was developed. We examined the psychometric properties of the SCAMS. Secondary analyses were conducted on data collected from 503 nurses across a large Australian health-care service. Analyses using exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses supported by structural equation modelling resulted in a valid twelve-item SCAMS containing two reliable subscales, the nine-item Attitudes towards single checking and three-item Advantages of single checking subscales. The SCAMS is recommended as a valid and reliable measure for monitoring nurses' attitudes to single checking prior to introducing single checking medications and after its implementation.
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30053465

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Psychology
School of Nursing and Midwifery
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