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Table 4 Principal component analysis outcome: rotated matrix (n = 1263)

From: Measuring the quality of nursing clinical placements and the development of the Placement Evaluation Tool (PET) in a mixed methods co-design project

Item Component
1 2
1. I was fully orientated to the clinical area .451 .452
2. Staff were willing to work with students .745 .432
3. Staff were positive role models .807 ,422
4. Staff were ethical and professional .844 .329
5. Staff demonstrated respect and empathy towards patients/clients .825 <.300
6. Patient safety was fundamental to the work of the unit(s) .760 .352
7. I felt valued during this placement .684 .531
8. I felt safe within the clinical environment (e.g. physically, emotionally and culturally) .717 .440
9. This placement was a good learning environment .566 .664
10. My supervisor(s) helped me identify my learning objectives/needs <.300 .784
11. I was adequately supervised in the clinical environment .454 .705
12. I received regular and constructive feedback .379 .770
13. I was supported to work within my scope of practice .456 .736
14. My supervisor(s) understood how to assess my clinical abilities .311 .792
15. I had opportunities to enhance my skills and knowledge .402 .797
16. I had opportunities to interact and learn with the multi-disciplinary team .419 .709
17. I achieved my learning objectives .342 .829
18. I have gained the skills and knowledge to further my practice .404 .785
19. I anticipate being able to apply my learning from this placement .404 .784
  1. Extraction Method: Principal Component Analysis. Rotation Method: Varimax with Kaiser Normalization
  2. a Rotation converged in 3 iterations