Development and validation of a two-way appraisal instrument to promote best practice in casual nursing

Fitzgerald, M., Bonner, A., and Caltabiano, M. (2006) Development and validation of a two-way appraisal instrument to promote best practice in casual nursing. In: Proceedings of Health Outcomes 2006: Managing Health and Disease in Today's Society, pp. 1-6. From: Health Outcomes 2006: Managing Health and Disease in Today's Society, 9-10 August 2006, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

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Abstract

This paper outlines the development and testing of two appraisal instruments to promote best practice in the casual nursing workforce. The Casual Nurse Performance Instrument (CNPI) provides feedback from permanent nurses to casual nurses about performance. The Workplace Evaluation Instrument (WEI) provides feedback from casual nurses to teams of nurses in clinical areas regarding the support provided to casual nurses. The two-way appraisal instruments will be completed by 128 casual and permanent nursing staff at Cairns Base Hospital and the Townsville Hospital as part of the performance management intervention to improve standards of care, promote a clinical environment conducive to safe practice, and support Casual nurses to develop professionally. An expert panel of clinicians and key stakeholders (Nursing Unit Managers and Nurse Educators) provided advice on relevant constructs to be tapped by the instruments, and assisted in formulating items. The instruments were piloted on 15 casual nurses and 21 permanent nurses. Both instruments demonstrated high internal consistency with Cronbach's alpha for the CNPI being .97 and for the WEI, .95. The rigorous development and continued testing of these instruments in phases II and III of the project will have primary benefit to the development of an intervention model of two-way appraisal used to raise standards of practice and improve the retention of casual nurses in various regions of Australia.

Item ID: 7632
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: casual nurse performance; ward environment
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ISBN: 978-0-9577767-7-7
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2010 01:41
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 51%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920505 Mens Health @ 49%
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