Title

Development and psychometric assessment of the undergraduate nursing student academic satisfaction scale (UNSASS)

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Publication Title

Journal of Nursing Measurement

Volume

20

Issue

2

First Page

75

Last Page

89

DOI

10.1891/1061-3749.20.2.75

Keywords

adult, article, Canada, Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate, female, human, Humans, male, model, Models, Nursing, Multidimensional instrument, nursing education, nursing evaluation research, nursing student, nursing students, Ontario, organization and management, Personal Satisfaction, Program satisfaction, psychological aspect, Psychometric properties, Psychometrics, psychometry, questionnaire, Questionnaires, satisfaction, Students, Nursing, validation study

Abstract

Background and Purpose: To examine the psychometric properties of a newly developed instrument: The Undergraduate Nursing Student Academic Satisfaction Scale (UNSASS). Methods: A self-report test-retest questionnaire was administered to a convenience sample of 313 students enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program in Ontario, Canada. Results: The psychometric analysis yielded a 48-item multidimensional instrument. Validity testing revealed a content validity index (CVI) of .83. Factor analysis suggested a four-dimension scale with distinct factor loadings that all exceeded .4 and explained 50% of the variance. The scale had an overall Cronbach's alpha coefficient of .96 and a test-retest correlation coefficient of .88, indicating a highly reliable instrument. Conclusions: The newly developed instrument provides a tool to comprehensively measure the satisfaction of nursing students with the academic aspects of their nursing programs. © 2012 Springer Publishing Company.