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Prof. Pascal Lorenz
University of Haute Alsace, France
 
It is my honor to be the editor-in-chief of IJFCC. The journal publishes good papers in the field of future computer and communication. Hopefully, IJFCC will become a recognized journal among the readers in the filed of future computer and communication.

IJFCC 2016 Vol.5(1): 43-46 ISSN: 2010-3751
doi: 10.18178/ijfcc.2016.5.1.441

The Role of Head Nurse on Communication: A Social Network Approach

Chia-Hui Wang, Kathryn Anthony, and Nai-Wen Kuo
Abstract—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.

Index Terms—Social network analysis, network centralization, communications.

Chia-Hui Wang is with Hwa-Hsia University of Technology, New Taipei 23568, Taiwan (e-mail: chwang@cc.hwh.edu.tw).
Kathryn Anthony is with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign 61820, USA (e-mail: kanthony@illinois.edu).
Nai-Wen Kuo is with Taipei Medical University, Taipei11031, Taiwan (e-mail: nwkuo@tmu.edu.tw).

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Cite: Chia-Hui Wang, Kathryn Anthony, and Nai-Wen Kuo, "The Role of Head Nurse on Communication: A Social Network Approach," International Journal of Future Computer and Communication vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 43-46, 2016.

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