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  1. Weston, Marla J. PhD, RN, FAAN
  2. Verran, Joyce A. PhD, RN, FAAN
  3. Clavelle, Joanne T. DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
  4. Porter-O'Grady, Tim DM, EdD, APRN, NEA-BC, FAAN


Instrument development and content validity testing resulted in a new instrument to measure the relatively new concept of professional governance. Professional governance is defined as the accountability, professional obligation, collateral relationships and decision making of a professional, foundational to autonomous practice and achievement of exemplary empirical outcomes. Fourteen experts with subject matter expertise either in measurement development or in creating professional practice environments assessed the validity of the proposed items and the instrument. The resulting Professional Governance Scale consisted of 75 items that adequately covered all attributes and their characteristics and had a Relevancy Mean Individual Content Validity Index of 95.