This study aimed to develop and psychometrically test a competence-based human resource management scale to improve managerial competence of first-line nurse managers in public hospitals.
To ensure the high competence of the first-line nurse managers, the competence-based human resource management should be evaluated using the best-fit instrument. However, no instrument has been identified in the hospital setting.
This methodological study consists of three main steps: (1) generating scale items based on literature review and expert interviews, (2) pilot testing of face and content validity and (3) evaluating psychometric properties with 300 first-line nurse managers from 16 public hospitals in Indonesia selected using a multistage sampling. Data were collected from May to December 2017. Principal component analysis and Cronbach’s α were used for construct validity and internal consistency reliability.
The final scale consists of 30 items in five dimensions, which explained 65.48% of the total variance. The dimensions include ‘training and evaluation, career planning and development, rewards scheme, recruitment and selection, and appraisal system’. Cronbach’s α for the scale was .89, with a range of .85 to .88.
The competence-based human resource management scale is reliable and valid to use in public hospital settings.
What is already known about this topic?
- The concept of competence-based human resource management has been applied worldwide in every organization, and it is applicable to use for developing managerial competence of first-line nurse managers. Therefore, the effectiveness of this management system should be assessed via a valid and reliable instrument.
- Several instruments to measure competence-based human resource management have been developed, but no instrument has been identified to measure competence-based human resource management specifically in hospital settings.
What this paper adds?
- This study developed a scale designed to measure competence-based human resource management to support improvement of first-line nurse managers’ managerial competence in public hospitals.
- The scale demonstrated sound psychometric properties with acceptable internal consistency reliability, content validity and construct validity.
- The scale consists of 30 items in five dimensions: training and evaluation, career planning and development, rewards scheme, recruitment and selection, and appraisal system.
The implications of this paper:
- This study expands the basic knowledge of competence-based human resource management as a concept with five dimensions that can be used in nursing organizations, and it can be used in quality assurance systems in public hospitals settings in Indonesia.
- The scale can be used as a feedback for first-line nurse managers to see the impact of competence-based human resource management framework on their competence and helps to identify which dimension of human resource management needs further improvement.
- With further research, the scale may be of use in other countries and settings.
Check the full article here: https://doi.org/10.1111/ijn.12936