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Professional Governance Scale: Instrument Development and Content Validity Testing

Weston, Marla, J., PhD, RN, FAAN; Verran, Joyce, A., PhD, RN, FAAN; Clavelle, Joanne, T., DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE; Porter-O'Grady, Tim, DM, EdD, APRN, NEA-BC, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000200
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Instrument development and content validity testing resulted in a new instrument to measure the relatively new concept of professional governance. Professional governance is defined as the accountability, professional obligation, collateral relationships and decision making of a professional, foundational to autonomous practice and achievement of exemplary empirical outcomes. Fourteen experts with subject matter expertise either in measurement development or in creating professional practice environments assessed the validity of the proposed items and the instrument. The resulting Professional Governance Scale consisted of 75 items that adequately covered all attributes and their characteristics and had a Relevancy Mean Individual Content Validity Index of 95.

American Nurses Association Enterprise, Silver Spring, Maryland (Dr Weston); College of Nursing, Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado, Denver (Dr Verran); GetWellNetwork, Bethesda, Maryland (Dr Clavelle); Tim Porter-O'Grady Associates, Atlanta, Georgia (Dr Porter-O'Grady); and School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (Dr Porter-O'Grady).

Correspondence: Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN, 1126 25th Street Northwest #4, Washington, DC 20037 (

The authors thank and acknowledge the following colleagues who served as content review experts: Barbara Brewer, Arizona College of Nursing; Karen H. Sousa, University of Colorado; Shelly A. Fischer, University of Wyoming; Victoria L. Rich, University of South Florida, Kathy Malloch, KMLS, LLC; Angela R. Richard, University of Colorado; Gerri Lamb, Arizona State University; Sharon Pappas, Centura Health; Colleen J Goode, University of Colorado; Cheryl L. Hoying, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; Rhonda Anderson, Cardon Children's Medical Center; Amy Steinbinder, Thunderbird Leadership Consulting; Joan Ellis Beglinger, Designing Tomorrow; and Miki Goodwin, Idaho State University.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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