The 'caring experience': Testing the psychometric properties of the Caring Efficacy Scale

Carol Reid, Mary Courtney, Debra Anderson, Cameron Hurst

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The purpose of the study was to undertake rigorous psychometric testing of the Caring Efficacy Scale in a sample of Registered Nurses. A cross-sectional survey of 2000 registered nurses was undertaken. The Caring Efficacy Scale was utilized to inform the psychometric properties of the selected items of the Caring Efficacy Scale. Cronbach's Alpha identified reliability of the data. Exploratory Factor Analysis and Confirmatory Factor Analysis were undertaken to validate the factors. Confirmatory factor analysis confirmed the development of two factors; Confidence toCare and Doubts andConcerns. The Caring Efficacy Scale has undergone rigorous psychometric testing, affording evidence of internal consistency and goodness-of-fit indices within satisfactory ranges. The Caring Efficacy Scale is valid for use in an Australian population of registered nurses. The scale can be used as a subscale or total score reflective of self-efficacy in nursing. This scale may assist nursing educators to predict levels of caring efficacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)904-912
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


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