Development of a Scale to Measure Synergy
Review TypeNone: Sigma Grant Recipient Report
Repository Posting Date2019-02-22T19:56:01Z
Author DetailsKathy J. Keister, PhD, RN, CNE Northwest State Community College Nursing Division 22600 State Route 34 Archbold, OH 43502 Sharon L. Farra, PhD, RN, CNE,CHSE, NDHP-BC Wright State University College of Nursing & Health email@example.com Sherrill J. Smith, PhD, RN, CNL, CNE Wright State University College of Nursing & Health firstname.lastname@example.org Michael Bottomley, M.S. Wright State University College of Science and Mathematics email@example.com
Lead Author Sigma AffliationZeta Theta at-Large
Lead Author AffliationNorthwest State Community College
Level of EvidenceOther
Aim: The purpose of this study was to develop and pilot an instrument to assess group synergy among nursing students. Background/Significance:. Little is known on how to evaluate acquisition of ‘soft skills’ in nursing, including development of synergy. Methods: Nursing faculty were recruited through purposive and snowball sampling to serve on an expert panel. Using DeVellis’ (2003) framework, three rounds of data were collected using semi-structured online surveys. The resulting scale of 34 items was piloted with undergraduate nursing students taking part in simulation scenarios. Results: Item-CVI ranged from 0.8 to 1 for each scale item. Scale-Content Value Index Average was 0.93, whereas the Scale-Content Value Index Universal Agreement was 0.62. Exploratory factor analysis identified three factors. Conclusion: This study suggests synergy is multifactorial and can be assessed by faculty. However, further testing of the scale is needed.
DescriptionKathy J. Keister is the recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International 2016/2017 STTI/ATI Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant
NotesThe Sigma Theta Tau International grant application that funded this research, in whole or in part, was completed by the applicant and peer-reviewed prior to the award of the STTI grant. No further peer-review has taken place upon the completion of the STTI grant final report and its appearance in this repository.
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