Saúde e Sociedade
Print version ISSN 0104-1290
LANDIM, Fátima Luna Pinheiro et al. Interpersonal network analysis: application to the reality of a nursing team working in a hematology unit. Saude soc. [online]. 2010, vol.19, n.4, pp. 828-837. ISSN 0104-1290. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-12902010000400010.
The nursing team of the Hematology Service are constantly facing situations of intense suffering and this can affect their homeostasis. Considering the premise according to which human beings tend to upgrade themselves, interpersonal networks may be beneficial, providing support so that the person can upgrade herself, and starts to transform her energy into useful behavior, favoring the performance of duties and promoting health. This study employed the methodology of Social Network Analysis, and it aimed to analyze the interpersonal network of the members of a nursing team that work in the hematology unit of a hospital-school in the city of Fortaleza, Northeastern Brazil. The study was conducted in 2006, with ten key informants. Data were collected through a questionnaire that generates names and evaluates the relationship, and were processed by the programs: UCINET 6.123 and NETDRAW 2.38. The use of Social Network Analysis enabled us to learn about the structure of the group. Based on this, it was possible to make considerations about the position occupied by the individuals and about the nucleus of relationships constituted around each one of them.
Keywords : Nursing Team; Social Network; Social Support.