How anxiety about communication affects the role of nurse leaders in international social networks
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How anxiety about communication affects the role of nurse leaders in international social networks

David Benton Chief executive officer, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois
Stephanie Ferguson Consulting associate professor, Stanford University, Washington DC

David Benton and Stephanie Ferguson discuss how a specific personality trait can influence nurses’ abilities to build professional relationships

Social network analysis examines the way individuals are connected within groups or networks, and the role they play in these groups. In terms of its application to issues related to nurse leaders, much of the research focuses on the structure of their networks, the roles they play, and whether the networks can be changed to improve communication flows. This article reports results of a study that aimed to deepen understanding of how a particular trait – communication apprehension – can affect the roles that nurse leaders play within network structures. It also shows how the research expands understanding of the factors that influence connections between senior nurse leaders internationally, and describes the communication apprehension instrument used, which provides a practical tool to assist aspirant nurse leaders to identify areas for personal development.

Nursing Management. 23, 2,30-37. doi: 10.7748/nm.23.2.30.s27

Correspondence

dcbenton.swiss@gmail.com

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 26 April 2015

Accepted: 02 October 2015