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Table 4 Scale item statistics

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

Item Cronbach’s alpha Item-total correlation
Healthcare career choice
 Factor 1: Personal Interest 0.847  
1 I desire to help others   0.711
  2 I can contribute to the society   0.732
  3 I desire for a fulfilling career   0.627
  6 I enjoy interacting with people   0.515
  7 I want to make a difference in someone’s life   0.716
 Factor 2: Prior Healthcare Exposure 0.812  
  9 In taking care of a sick family member   0.534
  10 In being taken care of by a healthcare professional   0.59
  11 In my school co-curriculum activities   0.552
  12 In observing a healthcare professional at work   0.555
  13 In hearing about the profession from significant others   0.559
  14 Doing voluntary work in healthcare settings   0.659
 Factor 3: Self efficacy 0.712  
  17 It reflects well of my academic ability   0.51
  21 Iwant to choose a course that is more deserving of my good grades   0.538
  23 I can make autonomous decisions at work   0.577
  24 I want to be able to make diagnosis   0.388
 Factor 4: Perceived nature of work 0.775  
  28 It is a highly skilled occupation   0.557
  29 I want a more hands-on job   0.485
  30 It is a challenging job   0.679
  32 It is a demanding job   0.553
  33 I do not mind attending to others’ hygiene needs   0.484
 Factor 5: Job prospects 0.886  
  35 It ensures a stable job   0.682
  36 I will never be unemployed   0.56
  37 it ensures high income   0.614
  38 The career ensures me a good standard of living   0.752
  39 It provides a chance to work overseas   0.656
  40 it provides many opportunities for my career advancement   0.781
  41 It provides a chance to achieve higher qualifications   0.707
 Factor 6: Social influences 0.873  
  43 I will be well respected   0.714
  44 It has a good public image   0.744
  45 The social media has inspired me   0.701
  46 There is no gender stigma in this career   0.626
  47 My parents are supportive   0.472
  49 I want my parents to be proud of me   0.58
  51 My peers encouraged me of my choice   0.501
  52 My peers will look up to me   0.722
Perception of nursing career
 Factor 1: Personal interest 0.889  
  1 Nurses desire to help others   0.781
  2 Nurses can contribute to the society   0.751
  3 Nurses desire for a fulfilling career   0.667
  6 Nurses enjoy interacting with people   0.686
  7 Nurses want to make a difference in someone’s life   0.774
 Factor 2: Prior healthcare exposure 0.869  
  9 In taking care of a sick family member   0.576
  10 In being taken care of by a nurse   0.713
  11 In their school co-curriculum activities   0.634
  12 In observing a nurse at work   0.739
  13 in hearing about the nursing profession from significant others   0.694
  14 Doing voluntary work in healthcare settings   0.669
 Factor 3: Self efficacy 0.776  
  17 Nursing career reflects well of one’s academic ability   0.625
  21 Nurses want to choose a course that is more deserving of their good grades   0.577
  23 Nurses can make autonomous decisions at work   0.58
  24 Nurses are able to make diagnosis   0.633
 Factor 4: Perceived nature of work 0.823  
  28 Nursing is a highly skilled occupation   0.669
  29 Nursing is a more hands-on job   0.634
  30 Nursing is a challenging job   0.747
  32 Nursing is a demanding job   0.602
  33 Nurses do not mind attending to others’ hygiene needs   0.464
 Factor 5: Job prospects 0.893  
  35 Nursing ensures a stable job   0.679
  36 Nurses will never be unemployed   0.639
  37 Nurses have high income   0.549
  38 Nursing career ensures a good standard of living   0.712
  39 Nurses can work overseas   0.72
  40 Nurses have many opportunities for my career advancement   0.801
  41 Nursing career provide a chance to achieve higher qualifications   0.777
 Factor 6: Social influences 0.881  
  43 Nurses are well respected   0.714
  44 Nurses have a good public image   0.699
  45 The social media has inspired them to take up nursing   0.6
  46 There is no gender stigma in thhis nursing   0.584
  47 Their parents are supportive   0.6
  49 Nurses want their parents to be proud of them   0.607
  51 Their peers encouraged them to be nurses   0.645
  52 Their peers will look up to them as nurses   0.731