Identifying the Characteristics of Educational Influential Nurses: A Qualitative Study

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Mostafa Shokohi 1 , * , Ali-Akbar Haghdoost 2 , Reza Majdzade 3 , Forough Reiani 4

1 Research Center for Modeling in Health, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

2 PhD in Epidemiology, Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Center for Modeling in Health, School of Public Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

3 PhD in Epidemiology, Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Health Knowledge Utilization Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, Iran

4 MSc in Nursing, Afzalipour Hospital, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

How to Cite: Shokohi M , Haghdoost A, Majdzade R, Reiani F . Identifying the Characteristics of Educational Influential Nurses: A Qualitative Study, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2013 ; 10(2):e60926.

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 10 (2); e60926
Published Online: August 31, 2013
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 27, 2017
Accepted: May 20, 2013

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Abstract

Background & Objective: Educational influentials (EI’s) are individuals who can positively influence their peers. These individuals play a key role in knowledge transfer and knowledge translation process. Having knowledge of their characteristics is very important in detecting these people. There is a paucity of information in the medical field, especially in nursing, regarding this context. The aim of this study was to find the main features of an EI nurse in a local hospital setting. 
Methods: This research was a qualitative study that was performed by a focus group discussion (FGD) method. Sixteen nurses who worked in Afzalipour Hospital, affiliated with Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Iran, were selected. The main question was “when you face a clinical problem, who do you consult with for the answer?”, which meant “what kind of characteristics does this person have?”. The content of the interview was recorded and analyzed by content analyses method after documentation and finally main themes and their sub-categories were obtained.  
Results: The main characteristics of EL nurses were classified as following: high knowledge, communicative skills, decision-making, humanistic behaviors, and clinical experience and skills. 
Conclusion: Apart from clinical experience and skills, the other characteristics identified for EI nurses were obtained in other studies. The new feature that is explored in this study may indicate the fact that clinical skills and experiences have an important role among nurses.
 

Keywords

Opinion leaders Educational influential Medical education Knowledge translation Clinical experience and skills

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