Designing a measure of complexity compression in registered nurses

Kathleen E. Krichbaum, Cynthia Peden-McAlpine, Carol Diemert, Patty Koenig, Christine Mueller, Kay Savik

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Abstract

Researchers in Minnesota have described and validated the phenomenon of Complexity Compression in qualitative studies of registered nurses. Analysis of themes from this research led to the design of a survey to assess nurses' agreement with variables that contribute to their experience of Complexity Compression. The survey was administered to a random sample of 199 registered nurses in Minnesota. Exploratory factor analysis was used to evaluate the attributes of Complexity Compression and its underlying structure. Three factors emerged that explained 51.4% of the variance in responses: work of nursing, systems, and personal factors. Internal consistency of the factors ranged from.79 to.89. Validity of the survey for assessment of Complexity Compression in hospital-based nurses was supported. The construct of Complexity Compression and its contributing factors will be tested in future studies with nurses in a variety of health care settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-25
Number of pages19
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011

Keywords

  • Complexity Compression
  • quality
  • safety
  • work environment

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