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Psychometric Evaluation of Persian Version of Nurses’ Intention to Care Scale (P-NICS) for Patients with COVID-19

Authors Rahmatpour P, Sharif Nia H, Sivarajan Froelicher E, Kaveh O, Pahlevan Sharif S, Taghipour B

Received 18 May 2020

Accepted for publication 27 July 2020

Published 18 August 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 515—522


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Pardis Rahmatpour,1 Hamid Sharif Nia,2 Erika Sivarajan Froelicher,3 Omolhoda Kaveh,4 Saeed Pahlevan Sharif,5 Behzad Taghipour6

1School of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 2School of Nursing and Midwifery Amol, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran; 3School of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA; 4School of Nursing and Midwifery Sari, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran; 5Taylor’s Business School, Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, Subang Jaya, Malaysia; 6 Amol Imam Khomeini Hospital, Mazandaran University of Medical Science, Sari, Iran

Correspondence: Hamid Sharif Nia Tel +989118951036

Background: Given the high incidence of coronavirus and the shortage of nurses in Iranian hospitals, nurses’ intention to care for patients with COVID-19 is important. The aim of this study is to evaluate the reliability and validity of the Persian version of the nurses’ intention to care scale (NICS) by Iranian nurses who care for patients with COVID-19 in hospitals.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on nurses (n= 400) at public and private Mazandaran hospitals. An online questionnaire was used that consisted of two parts: demographic variables and NICS. The scale was translated into Persian first and then validated using both construct and content validity.
Results: The findings from an exploratory factor analysis yielded six factors that explained 53.12% of the total variance of the NICS. The confirmatory factor analysis demonstrated that the model had a good fit and the inter-item correlation values of the factors indicated good internal consistency.
Conclusion: The Persian version of NICS in Iranian nurses had six factors. The results of our study add insight for nurse administrators and educators to further develop strategies to increase nurses’ intention by improving positive attitudes and reducing their negative beliefs.

Keywords: COVID-19, intention, nursing care, reliability, theory of planned behavior, validity

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