Dr. Xianqiong Feng received her undergraduate degree from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Master degree in Nursing from Chiang Mai University of Thailand, and Doctoral degree in Nursing Administration from Marquette University in Wisconsin, US. Her research interests include health services and outcomes research, nursing quality and patient safety issues, and research on vulnerable populations. She has published more than 50 professional articles and edited (or coauthored) several professional books. Dr. Feng has rich teaching experience. She has taught a number of courses at both undergraduate and graduate level.
Background and Purpose: Building nursing students’ research capacity and increase their research competency is one of the major educational goals for nursing programs, however, very limited valid and reliable instruments could be found to measure nursing students’ research competency. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the reliability and construct validity of the Nursing Students Research Competency Scale (NSRCS).
Data were obtained from 194baccalaureate nursing students in a nursing school in southwest part of China. The students from two grades were involved: grade 2011 (N=100) and grade 2012(N=94). The scale was administered before and after the course of Nursing Research. 99 were collected at the beginning of the course, 95 collected when the course was completed.
Cronbach's alpha for this 24-item NSRCS was 0.982. Exploratory factor analysis supported a 2-factor solution which explained 75.308% of the variance.
Conclusions: The NSRCS may be a useful tool for measurement of nursing students’ research capacity and competency.