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Dania Comparcini, Giancarlo Cicolini, Valentina Simonetti, Kristina Mikkonen, Maria Kääriäinen, Marco Tomietto, Developing mentorship in clinical practice: Psychometrics properties of the Mentors’ Competence Instrument, Nurse Education in Practice, Volume 43, 2020, 102713, ISSN 1471-5953,

Developing mentorship in clinical practice : psychometrics properties of the Mentors’ Competence Instrument

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Author: Comparcini, Dania1; Cicolini, Giancarlo2; Simonetti, Valentina3,4;
Organizations: 1Azienda Ospedaliera-Universitaria “Ospedali Riuniti”, Ancona, Italy
2University of Bari "Aldo Moro" - Department of Biomedical Science and Human Oncology, Italy
3“Politecnica delle Marche” University, Italy
4ASUR Marche, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
5Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
6Hospital Administration Department, Azienda Sanitaria Friuli Occidentale, Pordenone, Italy
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-01-22


Clinical placements are an important part of nursing education to developing nursing students’ competencies. In enhancing clinical learning, to focus on mentors’ competences is pivotal as they are the main role models and experts in guiding. This study is validated the Italian version of the Mentors’ Competence Instrument. A sampling frame of 648 mentors was involved. The final sample included 291 mentors (response rate 45%). Confirmatory Factor Analysis was performed. Fit indices were also calculated to evaluate validity. The scale demonstrated optimal fit indexes and its validity was confirmed by psychometrical testing. In detail, Root Mean Square Error of Approximation is 0.058, Standardized Root Mean Residual is 0.046, Comparative Fit Index is 0.893 and Tucker-Lewis Index 0.886. Cronbach’s alpha ranges from 0.77 to 0.95 among factors. This is the first validation of the scale performed in a different country from the original study. The performed psychometric testing showed that the scale is valid and reliable, as well as consistent with the theoretical structure reported for a different national context. This scale can be beneficial for comparing mentors’ competencies across different clinical learning environments and could be used to build a broader model of mentors’ competencies.

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Series: Nurse education in practice
ISSN: 1471-5953
ISSN-E: 1873-5223
ISSN-L: 1471-5953
Volume: 43
Article number: 102713
DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2020.102713
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 316 Nursing
Copyright information: © 2020 Elsevier B.V. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license