Development and psychometric testing of the nursing student satisfaction scale for the associate nursing programs

Hsiu-Chin Chen, Huan-Sheng Lo


Background: The purpose of this nationwide study was to assess psychometric properties of the Nursing Student Satisfaction Scale (NSSS) for measuring student satisfaction with nursing programs.

Methods: This methodological study addressed the development, evaluation, and validation of a newly developed instrument using a cross-sectional design. Proportionally stratified random sampling was utilized to select 138 Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) programs for participation.

Results: Evidence of psychometric evaluation indicated that the internal consistency reliability was consistently acceptable throughout a previous 3-year psychometric evaluation study to this methodological study. The Curriculum and teaching, Professional social interaction, and Environment (CPE) 3-factor model of the NSSS was suggested by the exploratory factor analysis and was supported by the confirmatory factor analysis based on the results of “goodness-of-fit” test.

Conclusions: The NSSS demonstrates sound psychometric properties and provides a theory-based approach to the measurement of nursing student satisfaction.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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