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Keywords

Competencies, Nursing informatics, Reliability, Validity

 

Authors

  1. Kaynar, Nur Sema MSc
  2. Secginli, Selda PhD
  3. West, Karen MSN, RN, Prof

Abstract

Nursing informatics competencies are vital to benefit from information technologies to improve patient outcomes. It is essential to use a reliable and valid instrument for evaluating competencies. The Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform-Based Assessment of Nursing Informatics Competencies Tool is a valid and reliable tool used to evaluate nursing informatics competencies in nurses who primarily speak English. This cross-sectional research aimed to evaluate the psychometric properties of a Turkish version of the instrument. Data were collected from 518 nurses working in two university hospitals in Istanbul, Turkey. The tool was translated into Turkish, validated by professional experts, back-translated, and analyzed. Thirty nurses completed the tool twice for test-retest reliability. A four-factor structure identified in exploratory factor analysis (73.64% of the total variance with all items loaded >0.40 [0.44-0.88] for each factor). Cronbach's [alpha] reliability coefficients of the subsets were .98 for basic computer skills, .97 for clinical information management, and .98 for information literacy. The total item correlations for subsets were between 0.57 and 0.84. The Turkish version of the Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform-Based Assessment of Nursing Informatics Competencies demonstrated sufficient reliability and validity for assessing nursing informatics competencies within Turkish culture.