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Min and Yu: Developing of a Tool for Ambulatory Care Nurse Competencies



The purpose of this study was to develop a tool to evaluate the nursing competency of ambulatory nurses and to verify the reliability and validity of the developed tool for use in general hospitals.


The evaluation tool for ambulatory nursing competency was developed through a literature review and tests for validity and reliability.


Subsequent to a review of the literature on nursing performance of ambulatory nurses, a 12 item questionnaire was developed. Through factor analysis, 12 items in a 2 factor solution were derived. Cronbach's α coefficient of the final instrument was .86.


The assessment tool developed in this study allows for objective assessments of nursing competencies in relation to the competencies expected of ambulatory care nurses. It is hoped that the assessment tool can be used for empirical verification and to provide basic data for establishing the necessary policies to secure outstanding human resources.

Figures and Tables

Figure 1

Importance-Performance Analysis (IPA).

Table 1

Validity of Core Competencies for Ambulatory Care Nurses

Table 2

Item Reliability of Core Competencies for Ambulatory Care Nurses (N=164)

Table 3

Factor Analysis Findings for Core Competencies (N=164)

Table 4

Correlation between Core Competencies and Nursing Performance (N=164)

Table 5

Importance-Performance Level of Core Competencies



This manuscript is a revision of the first author' master' thesis from CHA University.


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