PreHospen - Centre for Prehospital Research, University of Borås, Sweden; Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare, University of Borås, Sweden; Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden. Electronic address: email@example.com.
Global rating scales are useful to assess clinical competence at a general level based on specific word dimensions. The aim of this study was to translate and culturally adapt the Paramedic Global Rating Scale, and to contribute validity evidence and instrument usefulness in training results and clinical competence assessments of students undergoing training to become ambulance nurses and paramedics at Swedish and Finnish universities. The study included translation, expert review and inter-rater reliability (IRR) tests. The scale was translated and culturally adapted to clinical and educational settings in both countries. A content validity index (CVI) was calculated using eight experts. IRR tests were performed with five registered nurses working as university lecturers, and with six clinicians working as ambulance nurses. They individually rated the same simulated ambulance assignment. Based on the ratings IRR was calculated with intra-class correlation (ICC). The scale showed excellent CVI for items and scale. The ICC indicated substantial agreement in the group of lecturers and a high degree of agreement in the group of clinicians. This study provides validity evidence for a Swedish version of the scale, supporting its use in measuring clinical competence among students undergoing training to become ambulance nurses and paramedics.