A nurse’s role in promoting social capital in children and young people
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A nurse’s role in promoting social capital in children and young people

Sarah Hean Associate professor, School of health and social care, Bournemouth University
Jaqui Hewitt-Taylor Senior lecturer in practice development, School of health and social care, Bournemouth University
Marilyn Cash Post-doctoral researcher, School of health and social care, Bournemouth University
Helen Buckley Researcher, School of health and social care, Bournemouth University
Edwin van Teijlingen Professor of reproductive health research, School of health and social care, Bournemouth University

Sarah Hean and colleagues report on the importance of maintaining a social network to the health and recovery of sick children and young people

Enabling children’s wellbeing by supporting their social networks is an important role of children’s nurses. This article presents the concept of social capital as a cognitive tool to help nurses reflect on why and how supporting these networks is important. Through three case studies the authors introduce the attributes of social capital and how these may be applied and inform practice in hospital and community healthcare settings.

Nursing Children and Young People. 25, 1, 19-23. doi: 10.7748/ncyp2013.02.25.1.19.s9535

Correspondence

shean@bournemouth.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 10 April 2012

Accepted: 17 May 2012

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