Networks of nurses: A case study in informal networks of advice
MetadataShow full item record
Informal social networks within organizations are all too often very different from the planned, formal networks structured for efficiency. A group of nurses on a large ward in a teaching hospital were studied as a case study to analyze links that relate to the seeking of advice on clinical, administrative and personal matters. The nurses were arranged into a reporting structure and a team structure to support the preceptionship role of the hospital. The professional support that nurses obtain from colleagues both within their teams and across other teams was studied to determine the amount of collaboration outside their direct reporting clusters, mentors and team members. This involved the analysis of both formal and informal networks of nurses, the influence gained by position in the network, clustering of nurses and finally workload and its effect on key nurses. The main findings were that nurses sought information across their formal team boundaries more than within and required administrative duties competed with clinical duties for senior nurses. © 2013 IEEE.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Caelli, K.; Downie, Jill; Caelli, T. (2003)Aims. This study was designed to investigate what type of models, techniques and data are necessary to support the development of a decision support system for health promotion practice in nursing. Specifically, the ...
The development, implementation and evaluation of a shared care model of nursing in a tertiary hospital using participatory action research and practice developmentKidd, Heather M. (2012)For the last decade there has been a growing body of international evidence demonstrating the adverse effects on patient care caused by the continued international shortage of registered nurses (RN). One solution being ...
Factors influencing a nurse's decision to question medication administration in a neonatal clinical care unitAydon, L.; Hauck, Yvonne; Zimmer, M.; Murdoch, J. (2016)Aims and objectives: The aim of this study was to identify factors that influence nurse's decisions to question concerning aspects of medication administration within the context of a neonatal clinical care unit. Background: ...