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Table 2 Table of sum variables measuring skills

From: Sufficient competence in community elderly care? Results from a competence measurement of nursing staff

Skills sum variables with associated items and their factor loadings
Patient observations   21.12 Subcutaneous injection as e.g. fragmin -.33 23.1 Exploit patient bed’s mechanical function .66
21.24 Take pulse .88 Nursing documentation   23.4 Use appropriate tools for body mechanics .56
21.23 Take blood pressure .80 44.4 Update nursing plan -.83 23.2 Use sliding mat for moving patient in bed .45
21.27 Take temperature .50 44.3 Develop nursing plan -.83 Simple procedures  
21.26 Count respiration frequency .50 44.6 Register patient in national register -.62 21.25 Weigh a patient .48
Advanced procedures   44.5 Write nursing report for dismissal/referral -.60 21.11 Perform ostomy care .41
21.16 Use of central venous catheter -.79 Treatment   Make oneself understood  
21.15 Handle intravenous pumps -.77 21.2 Inject insulin -.72 48.2 Make yourself understood around colleagues .72
21.18 Administer intravenous medication -.76 21.1 Monitor blood glucose -.72 48.1 Make yourself understood around patients .55
21.17 Puncture via Venous Access Port -.71 21.7 Dispense medication -.50 Electronic communication  
21.5 Insert permanent urinary catheters -.59 21.6 Apply/change transdermal analgesic patch -.39 44.7 Send electronic message to physician -.72
21.4 Insert intermittent urinary catheter on man -.55 21.8 Wound care -.37 44.8 Send electronic message to hospital -.48
21.13 Intramuscular injection -.55 21.10 Administer nebulizer treatment -.36 Patient assessment  
21.19 Handle a drain -.46    21.28 Assess patient’s urine .86
21.14 Blood sampling -.45 Body mechanics   21.29 Assess patient’s stool .82
21.20 Handle ECG -.42 23.3 Adjust patient bed to own elbows’ height .74 21.22 Assess skin of patient .67
21.3 Insert intermittent urinary catheter on woman -.38 23.5 Use patient lift .71 21.21 Assess whether a patient has edema .55