The Development of the Nurse Workplace Scale: Self-Advocating Behaviors and Beliefs in the Professional Workplace

Rosanna DeMarco, Susan Jo Roberts, Anne Norris, Mary K. McCurry

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Abstract

Aim: This project developed and tested the Nurse Workplace Scale (NWS) using data from a random sample of registered nurses in Massachusetts (n = 904). The NWS was adapted from an earlier checklist that measured group behaviors and beliefs in the workplace of a variety of nurses. Background: Nurses have been thought to display non-self-advocating behaviors and beliefs that have contributed to disempowering their contribution in health care systems, but no tool has been available to assist nurse managers or clinical nurse leaders to test outcomes that measure progress toward changing these behaviors. Method: A cross-validation procedure was used to establish the reliability and validity of the NWS to measure behaviors in nurses that are counterproductive in the workplace. Results: Two components, "internalized sexism" and "minimization of self" behaviors, were established. Scores on the scales were shown to vary with the age and practice settings of the nurses. Conclusions: The NWS can be used in professional development settings and nurse workplace intervention studies to measure outcomes congruent with nurse empowerment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-301
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Nurse Workplace Scale
  • Nurse self-advocacy
  • Nurse workplace interventions
  • Professional development
  • Workplace behaviors
  • Workplace beliefs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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