Refinement and validation of the Work Readiness Scale for graduate nurses.

Walker, Arlene, Storey, Kate M, Costa, Beth M and Leung, Rachel K 2015, Refinement and validation of the Work Readiness Scale for graduate nurses., Nursing outlook, vol. 63, no. 6, pp. 632-638, doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2015.06.001.

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Title Refinement and validation of the Work Readiness Scale for graduate nurses.
Author(s) Walker, ArleneORCID iD for Walker, Arlene
Storey, Kate M
Costa, Beth M
Leung, Rachel K
Journal name Nursing outlook
Volume number 63
Issue number 6
Start page 632
End page 638
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amersterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-11
ISSN 1528-3968
Keyword(s) Graduate nurses
Scale development
Scale validation
Work readiness
Summary The transition from student to registered nurse is often stressful and has been attributed to a lack of work readiness. Understanding what comprises work readiness for newly registered nurses, or graduate nurses as they are referred to in Australia, may reduce attrition and improve transition into the workplace. The 64-item Work Readiness Scale (WRS), developed with a generic population of graduates, has yet to be validated against specific disciplines to confirm applicability as a measure of work readiness. This study adapted the original WRS for use with a graduate nurse population (WRS-GN). The aim was to refine and validate the WRS-GN and determine whether the original four factor construct was supported. The WRS-GN was completed by 450 graduate nurses. Exploratory factor analyses supported the original four-factor solution (social intelligence, personal work characteristics, organizational acumen, and work competence). The final WRS-GN consisted of 46 items, showed excellent reliability, and explained 73.55% of the variance.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.outlook.2015.06.001
Field of Research 1110 Nursing
170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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