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Nurses’ perceptions of caring activities in nursing

Akansel, Neriman; Watson, Roger; Vatansever, Nursel; Özdemir, Aysel


Neriman Akansel

Nursel Vatansever

Aysel Özdemir


This study aimed to determine nurses’ perceptions of caring activities in nursing.

A descriptive study design.

A Turkish translation of the 25‐item version of the Caring Dimensions Inventory was completed by 260 nurses working in one university hospital. Data were analysed using Mokken scaling.

Technical aspects of nursing were highly endorsed items such as “observing the effects of a medication on a patient, measuring vital signs, being technically competent with a clinical procedure, consulting with the doctor” except for the item “providing privacy for a patient” which is a psychosocial item. The range of items included in the Mokken scale with “providing privacy for a patient” (mean = 4.31) as the most endorsed, and “exploring the patient's lifestyle” (mean = 2.60) being the least endorsed item. Listening to patients and involving them in their care are not considered as caring.


Akansel, N., Watson, R., Vatansever, N., & Özdemir, A. (in press). Nurses’ perceptions of caring activities in nursing. Nursing Open,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 11, 2020
Online Publication Date Oct 10, 2020
Deposit Date Oct 19, 2020
Publicly Available Date Oct 20, 2020
Journal Nursing Open
Electronic ISSN 2054-1058
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Caring; Item response theory; Mokken scaling; Nursing; Turkey
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Additional Information Received: 2020-02-07; Accepted: 2020-09-11; Published: 2020-10-10


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