Development and validation of a new instrument to measure nursing students compassion strengths: The Bolton Compassion Strengths Indicators

Mark Durkin, Russell Gurbutt, Jerome Carson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Despite considerable research and rhetoric on the importance of compassion in nursing, progress has been hindered by the lack of an adequate psychometric instrument to measure its multidimensional nature. This paper reports several studies conducted over three stages, to develop and validate a new instrument to measure nurses’ compassion strengths. A purposive sample of UK pre-registered nursing students studying at a University took part in this study. The eight indicators highlight the multidimensional nature of compassion. The Bolton Compassion Strengths Indicators (BCSIs) demonstrated robust psychometric properties and could provide the means by which nursing students can empower themselves, as they strive to develop their professional identity as compassionate practitioners. This new measure will also help other researchers and educators who wish to study the development of compassion strengths in nursing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102822
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Volume46
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Compassion strengths
  • Instrument validation
  • Nursing students
  • Wellbeing

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Development and validation of a new instrument to measure nursing students compassion strengths: The Bolton Compassion Strengths Indicators'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this