Reliability and Validity for Neuroscience Nurses

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The concepts of reliability and validity are important for neuroscience nurses to understand, particularly because they evaluate existing literature and integrate common scales or tools into their practice. Nurses must ensure instruments measuring specified concepts are both reliable and valid. This article will review types of reliability and validity—sometimes referred to collectively as a psychometric testing–of an instrument. Relevant examples in neuroscience are included to illustrate the importance of reliability and validity to neuroscience nurses.

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