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Development and psychometric testing of the satisfaction with Cultural Simulation Experience Scale


Courtney-Pratt, H and Levett-Jones, T and Lapkin, S and Pitt, V and Gilligan, C and Van der Riet, P and Rossiter, R and Jones, D and Everson, N, Development and psychometric testing of the satisfaction with Cultural Simulation Experience Scale, Nurse Education in Practice, 15, (6) pp. 530-536. ISSN 1471-5953 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2015.07.009


Decreasing the numbers of adverse health events experienced by people from culturally diverse backgrounds rests, in part, on the ability of education providers to provide quality learning experiences that support nursing students in developing cultural competence, an essential professional attribute. This paper reports on the implementation and evaluation of an immersive 3D cultural empathy simulation.

The Satisfaction with Cultural Simulation Experience Scale used in this study was adapted and validated as the first stage of this study. Exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis were undertaken to investigate the psychometric properties of the scale using two randomly-split sub-samples. Cronbach's Alpha was used to examine internal consistency reliability. Descriptive statistics were used for analysis of mean satisfaction scores and qualitative comments to open-ended questions were analysed and coded.

A purposive sample (n = 497) of second of nursing students participated in the study. The overall Cronbach's alpha for the scale was 0.95 and each subscale demonstrated high internal consistency: 0.92; 0.92; 0.72 respectively. The mean satisfaction score was 4.64 (SD 0.51) out of a maximum of 5 indicating a high level of participant satisfaction with the simulation. Three factors emerged from qualitative analysis: "Becoming culturally competent", "Learning from the debrief" and "Reflecting on practice".

The cultural simulation was highly regarded by students. Psychometric testing of the Satisfaction with Cultural Simulation Experience Scale demonstrated that it is a reliable instrument. However, there is room for improvement and further testing in other contexts is therefore recommended.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:culture simulation, nursing student, cultural competence, satisfaction
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Courtney-Pratt, H (Dr Helen Courtney-Pratt)
ID Code:102648
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2015-09-02
Last Modified:2017-12-07
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