Validation of the professional practice environment scale in nurse educators in hospitals

Jan Maree Sayers, Yenna Salamonson, Michelle DiGiacomo, Patricia Mary Davidson

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Aim: To report an assessment of the psychometric properties of the Professional Practice Environment (PPE) scale in a sample of Australian nurse educators in acute care hospitals. Background: Although nurse educators are important in an enabling work environment, there has been no reported exploration of their satisfaction with work in acute care hospitals. Discussion: The factor structure and internal consistency of the PPE scale were consistent with Erickson's eight-factor model of the items, indicating the appropriateness of the scale as an assessment tool to measure the PPE of nurse educators. Conclusion: The PPE scale is useful for monitoring the work environment of nurse educators in clinical practice and the environmental effects influencing their recruitment, retention and job satisfaction. Implications for practice: This work may inform the development of integrated professional practice environments where the professional practice and workplace satisfaction of nurse educators are optimised, influencing safe, quality patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationNurse Researcher
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Instrument development
  • Nurse educator
  • Practice
  • Principal component analysis
  • Psychometric testing
  • Reliability
  • Validity professional practice environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Research and Theory


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