Constructing the Cornerstones for C.A.T.E.S.


Constructing the Cornerstones for C.A.T.E.S.

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Leigh Ann Cates, PhD The University of Texas Medical Branch, 2014 Supervisor: Sheryl L. Bishop

The objective of this study was to establish content and face validity for C.A.T.E.S. (Competency, Assessment, Technology, Education, & Simulation) through four specific aims: 1) identify which dimension (cognitive, technical, or behavioral) of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) competency accurately reflects each of the global statements; 2) map each of the global statements to a National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NANNP) core competency domain; 3) define the operational definitions for the novice to expert performance subscales, and 4) determine the essential scenarios to assess multidimensional competency of NNPs. The approach was a Real Time Delphi (RTD) Method, a technologically based single round survey process providing simultaneous delivery of each of the participant’s responses as answers are submitted. This method allowed each participant to have immediate cognitive examination of their responses compared anonymously with other participants’ responses. The sample consisted of NNPs, simulation specialists, neonatal clinical nurse specialists, healthcare educators and experts in simulation instrumentation. The percentage of participant agreement for each answer was calculated, and those answers that received 80 % or greater agreement were identified as eligible to forward to future studies, while those with less than 80 % were identified for revision. The findings aided in establishing content and face validity for C.A.T.E.S. as a viable tool to evaluate multidimensional competency.



C.A.T.E.S., Competency, Assessment, Technology, Education, Simulation, Neonatal Nurse Practitioners