Head nurses play important roles in communication among staff. However, there is no evidence to confirm to what extent physicians and nurses rely on head nurses to communicate. This study was designed to explore the importance of head nurses in communication among physicians and nurses. Using 11 nursing units of two hospitals in Taiwan as examples, we applied social network analysis (SNA) on analyzing networking properties among staff to see the role of
head nurses in communication. Results of SNA showed that the ranges of network centralization for interaction and advice-seeking networks were from 19.85% to 81.82%. Therefore, it is important to enhance the communication skills of head nurses. Equipment and technology to facilitate communication among providers are also very important.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-46
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Future Computer and Communication,
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2016


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