Dates of Project: December 2010 to September 2011
Field of Work: Social network analysis in nursing
Problem Synopsis: In October 2010, RWJF and the Institute of Medicine released the report of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine.
The report offered eight key recommendations that called for substantive changes in nursing education, clinical practice, nursing workforce development, policy-making, and leadership. A strategic advisory committee was charged with guiding the implementation phase of the initiative. RWJF staff believed that an analysis of the social network connections among advisory committee members and other key stakeholders would provide information valuable to the implementation of the initiative's recommendations.
Synopsis of the Work: Researchers at Sage Colleges conducted interviews of strategic advisory committee members, RWJF staff, and other stakeholders colleges to ascertain stakeholder perceptions as to issues the advisory committee will face, and to identify the social networks for each; they then used special software to analyze these networks.
Key Findings: Major themes about the issues include:
Key findings from the analysis of advisory committee members' social networks include: