Aprendizagem dos enfermeiros ao longo da vida
: adaptação e validação da escala de Jefferson

  • Sofia Vistas Rodrigues (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The training of nurses is not only a form of personal and professional development to improve the quality of care, but also a duty to the profession. Although, formation is set as duty but it’s not an obligation, and the nurses being autonomous in their self-formation, they bet on this after the Degree Course of Nursing. No studies in Portugal were found, as an instrument to assess how nurses invest in their learning throughout life. The relevance of its use is supported in setting priorities for nursing research, "Studies in the area of Training and Education in Nursing and skills, both in initial training, whether in the context of lifelong learning '(Order of nurses, 2006). Thus, the aim of this study is to adapt and validate the Jefferson Scale of lifelong learning, the context for training of nurses. The original version of the Jefferson Scale is a subscale consists of 19 items. The scale was adapted for a sample of 262 nurses, from a hospital and an academic entity, often in the context of Master´s degree in nursing. Participants were 216 nurses, aged between 22 and 55. After adjustment was made to validate the new version using the same methodology as the author of the original scale, and had good results of internal consistency (α = 0.811) and factor structure identical to the original version, except for one item that was deleted. It is considered therefore that this scale has good psychometric properties to assess the lifelong learning of nurses, providing a useful tool for research in education and management in nursing.
Date of Award5 Apr 2013
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorMargarida Maria Vieira (Supervisor) & Zaida Charepe (Supervisor)


  • Adult education
  • Nursing
  • Jefferson scale
  • Lifelong learning
  • Nurse training


  • Mestrado em Enfermagem

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