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Table 3 Principal component analysis with Varimax rotation of the NCC scale

From: Development and psychometric testing of an instrument to compare career choice influences and perceptions of nursing among healthcare students

   Factor loadings
Item Perception of nursing career 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Nurses desire to help others 0.177 0.073 0.184 0.838 0.12 0.032
2 Nurses can contribute to the society 0.264 0.039 0.182 0.741 0.183 −0.117
3 Nurses desire for a fulfilling career 0.335 0.172 0.265 0.585 0.189 −0.073
6 Nurses enjoy interacting with people 0.034 0.195 0.207 0.76 0.17 0.084
7 Nurses want to make a difference in someone’s life 0.176 0.156 0.151 0.765 0.275 −0.061
9 In taking care of a sick family member 0.175 0.13 0.613 0.209 −0.016 0.167
10 In being taken care of by a nurse 0.067 0.109 0.78 0.113 −0.001 0.182
11 In their school co-curriculum activities 0.07 0.05 0.727 0.162 0.002 0.16
12 In observing a nurse at work 0.12 0.309 0.717 0.162 0.129 0.151
13 In hearing about the nursing profession from significant others 0.156 0.246 0.683 0.141 0.247 0.082
14 Doing voluntary work in healthcare settings 0.028 0.186 0.722 0.149 0.237 0.065
17 Nursing career reflects well of one’s academic ability 0.071 0.354 0.287 −0.144 −0.068 0.658
21 Nurses want to choose a course that is more deserving of their good 0.083 0.118 0.222 −0.194 0.05 0.684
23 Nurses can make autonomous decisions at work 0.205 0.087 0.155 0.153 0.107 0.729
24 Nurses are able to make diagnosis 0.296 0.207 0.229 0.047 0.152 0.561
28 Nursing is a highly skilled occupation 0.42 0.173 0.17 0.246 0.63 −0.03
29 Nursing is a hands-on job 0.238 0.11 0.168 0.355 0.65 −0.126
30 Nursing is a challenging job 0.225 0.057 0.127 0.308 0.767 0.067
32 Nursing is a demanding job 0.159 0.186 0.044 0.089 0.747 0.201
33 Nurses do not mind attending to others’ hygiene needs 0.02 0.287 0.07 0.375 0.41 0.249
35 Nursing ensures a stable job 0.696 0.052 0.148 0.263 0.323 0.065
36 Nurses will never be unemployed 0.66 0.094 0.071 0.287 0.092 0.135
37 Nurses have high income 0.437 0.481 −0.14 0.048 −0.016 0.439
38 Nursing career ensure a good standard of living 0.639 0.402 0.074 −0.05 0.14 0.265
39 Nurses can work overseas 0.756 0.25 0.128 0.089 0.151 0.101
40 Nurses have many opportunities for my career advancement 0.773 0.218 0.167 0.197 0.135 0.175
41 Nursing career provide a chance to achieve higher qualifications 0.74 0.237 0.142 0.153 0.23 0.183
43 Nurses are well respected 0.26 0.698 0.152 0.242 0.178 0.068
44 Nurses have good public image 0.208 0.724 0.121 0.188 0.143 0.098
45 The social media has inspired them to take up nursing 0.127 0.606 0.174 0.126 0.132 0.25
46 There is no gender stigma in nursing 0.335 0.541 0.039 0.13 −0.03 0.38
47 Their parents are supportive 0.297 0.486 0.398 0.126 0.146 −0.02
49 Nurses want their parents to be proud of them 0.381 0.454 0.363 0.226 0.057 0.022
51 Their peers encouraged them to be nurses 0.147 0.638 0.376 −0.024 0.085 0.184
52 Their peers look up to them as nurses 0.074 0.785 0.254 0.055 0.123 0.121