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Shining a light in the shadows: a case study of a European Nurse Education Network

Shining a light in the shadows: a case study of a European Nurse Education Network
Shining a light in the shadows: a case study of a European Nurse Education Network
This thesis investigates an active European Nurse Education Network, illuminating its complex practices and the impact these have on the participants involved. The study employed a case study methodology with an iterative three phased design, acknowledging the multi-dimensional nature of knowledge and practice of networks within real work life situations.
Interpretations of the results were synthesised through the lens of Putnam’s (2000) theory of social capital. Findings revealed that practices have created a strong bonding social capital which has been influential in the sustainability of the network alongside having an effect on the participants involved. Relationships matter in social capital, using this lens enabled an insight of how social capital ebbed and flowed through the network and the significant tensions that were created as a consequence. Positive repercussions have ensured that the network has been successful in securing student placements for an exchange programme across Europe, has enabled self-governance of the network and is a learning factor for individual work related learning for participants. However, negative consequences include hegemonic and exclusive practices which contribute towards inequality and compliance relationships within the network. These findings provide guidance for future network activity highlighting the risks of relying solely on social capital for sustenance and governance. In contrast, the findings also illustrate that social capital has potential as a learning factor within work related learning which would be beneficial for future professional development programmes for nurse educators.

University of Southampton
Reynolds, Nita
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Reynolds, Nita
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Byrne, Jennifer
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Reynolds, Nita (2017) Shining a light in the shadows: a case study of a European Nurse Education Network. University of Southampton, Doctoral Thesis, 259pp.

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This thesis investigates an active European Nurse Education Network, illuminating its complex practices and the impact these have on the participants involved. The study employed a case study methodology with an iterative three phased design, acknowledging the multi-dimensional nature of knowledge and practice of networks within real work life situations.
Interpretations of the results were synthesised through the lens of Putnam’s (2000) theory of social capital. Findings revealed that practices have created a strong bonding social capital which has been influential in the sustainability of the network alongside having an effect on the participants involved. Relationships matter in social capital, using this lens enabled an insight of how social capital ebbed and flowed through the network and the significant tensions that were created as a consequence. Positive repercussions have ensured that the network has been successful in securing student placements for an exchange programme across Europe, has enabled self-governance of the network and is a learning factor for individual work related learning for participants. However, negative consequences include hegemonic and exclusive practices which contribute towards inequality and compliance relationships within the network. These findings provide guidance for future network activity highlighting the risks of relying solely on social capital for sustenance and governance. In contrast, the findings also illustrate that social capital has potential as a learning factor within work related learning which would be beneficial for future professional development programmes for nurse educators.

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Published date: January 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 426885
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/426885
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ORCID for Jennifer Byrne: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6969-5539

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Date deposited: 14 Dec 2018 17:30
Last modified: 25 Jul 2019 00:36

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