Developing Basic Educational Standards for Evaluation and Accreditation of Master of Sciences Course in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing: A Report of a Delphi Study

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Seyed Reza Mazlom 1 , Maryam Ghorbanzadeh 2 , * , Tayebeh Reyhani 3 , Mehri Yavari 4 , Hassan Boskabadi 5

1 M.Sc. in Nursing Education, Instructor, Department of Internal-Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Evidence-Based Care Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran, Iran

2 M.Sc. Student in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran, Iran

3 M.Sc. in Pediatric Nursing, Lecturer, Department of Pediatric and Neonatal Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran, Iran

4 M.Sc. in Health Education, Lecturer, Department of Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran, Iran

5 Neonatologist, Associate Professor, Department of Neonatal Medicine, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran, Iran

How to Cite: Mazlom S R , Ghorbanzadeh M , Reyhani T, Yavari M , Boskabadi H. Developing Basic Educational Standards for Evaluation and Accreditation of Master of Sciences Course in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing: A Report of a Delphi Study, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2016 ; 13(1):e58092.

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 13 (1); e58092
Published Online: April 27, 2016
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 15, 2017
Accepted: August 18, 2015

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Abstract

Background & Objective: Despite the importance of local educational standards for the correct implementation and evaluation of higher education programs, studies show such standards do not exist for the master’s degree in neonatal intensive care nursing. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to develop basic educational standards for program evaluation and accreditation of the master of sciences course in neonatal intensive care nursing.

Methods: This study was a descriptive survey conducted using the Delphi survey method in 2014. A total of 20 experts, including infants and medical education specialists, administrators of the department of education, faculty members of the department of pediatrics, nursing administrators of neonatal intensive care units, and students and graduates of the neonatal intensive care nursing course were selected through purposive sampling. First, items related to basic educational standards were extracted through an extensive review of databases. Subsequently, 3 sessions in 2 rounds were held with the experts and basic educational standards for the evaluation of the master of sciences course in neonatal intensive care nursing were developed on the basis of consensus.

Results: This study led to the proposal of 20 items as basic educational standards for the evaluation of the master of sciences course in neonatal intensive care nursing. In the first round, 25 items, of the total 41 items, were agreed upon by experts. Statistical results showed the content validity index in clear expression, importance, and availability in the second round was 0.94, 0.92, 0.87, respectively.

Conclusion: Considering that the checklist of basic educational standards was developed by experts, it is hoped it will gain high acceptability and be an efficient model for the evaluation of the master’s program in neonatal intensive care nursing.

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Basic educational standards Program evaluation Master of sciences in neonatal intensive care nursing Delphi technique

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