Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Social capital in the nursing workplace

Lin Perry, Editor

According to the world’s press we may or may not be moving inexorably to an Armageddon of global warming. No such controversy surrounds the future of healthcare: an ageing population, a tsunami of chronic disease and the retirement of the baby boomer generation of nurses combine with global nursing shortages for universally gloomy prognostication. Intention to leave is commonly studied. Add to that the enormous publicity generated by stories of poor care, and who can blame our potential future nurses if they have second thoughts about a career in nursing?

How refreshing to get a paper with positive messages: to read about characteristics and attributes of a workplace that make it a good place to work, with ‘improved patient care and patient safety, increased economic capital, a happier, more productive nursing workforce and improved nurse retention’ cited by Read (2013) as the outcomes.

The paper claims that its findings will, ‘help guide nursing research and leadership practices that aim to create quality nursing practice environments that add value to patients, nurses and healthcare organizations by fostering nurses’ social capital in the workplace’. That aim must surely be one that readers engage with, it’s certainly part of my role. I think this is a useful paper; read it and see if you agree.


Read EA (2103) Workplace social capital in nursing: an evolutionary concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing. doi:10.111/jan.12251

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