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

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posted on 2013-06-01, 00:00 authored by Beverly O'Connell, Mary Hawkins, Cherene OckerbyCherene Ockerby
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.

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Journal

International journal of nursing practice

Volume

19

Issue

3

Pagination

281 - 287

Publisher

Wiley - Blackwell

Location

Richmond, Vic.

ISSN

1322-7114

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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