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that the forms were anonymous and would not identify participants specifically. When the weeks
were over, 14 out of 25 (56%) were returned.
The instruments was formatted in a professional graphic format by the university's
Computing and Information Technology Center (CITC) and made into a scannable form. The
instruments were returned to the data management department where the completed forms were
scanned and compiled into SPSS format and emailed to the researcher in Microsoft Excel format
as requested. The raw data were picked up from the data management department the next week.
The data were coded into the SPSS 19.0 program in usable format. The coding included
transforming the MAS, NSE, and BB medication test into scores, including reverse scoring the
positive items from the MAS scale. The instruments were analyzed for reliability and
modification was not deemed necessary. The data was also analyzed using multiple regression
statistics, and the correlations between the variables were in the direction hypothesized. The
demographic data were coded into categories or ranges but had to be further delineated when full
data collection was completed because the pilot sample was from a unit that has only RNs, with
the nurses in one specialty.
The data distribution and collection process worked adequately except the time frame
was modified to 3 instead of the originally-planned-on 2. The data were analyzed, and one
participant returned the form blank and was deleted from analysis. The data analysis was
completed using SPSS 19.0 graduate pack. The data had to be corrected for some input errors.
After the correction of the input errors the data behaved as expected. Assumptions, outliers,
missing data, and correlations were reviewed; sample was small but no problems noted. The
items on the demographics of college GPA and college algebra grades were consistently omitted,
so the items were removed from further analysis.
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