Attitudes, Computers, Psychometrics



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A study was undertaken to examine the factors that influence student and registered nurse attitudes toward computers. This article provides a report of the psychometric findings related to the use of Stronge and Brodt's Nurses' Attitudes Toward Computerization questionnaire. The convenience sample consisted of 394 registered nurses employed in a large metropolitan hospital and 299 baccalaureate student nurses. Principal component analysis was performed identifying three factors for the nurse sample, including nurses' work, organizational issues, and barriers to use. Four factors emerged in the student sample: nurses' work, barriers, organizational issues, and efficiency issues. These findings were inconsistent with previous studies and the underlying categories identified by Stronge and Brodt. Further development of the understanding of the substantive components of attitudes toward computers is recommended.