ARTICLESocial Capital and Risk Management in NursingErnstmann, Nicole Dr rer medic, RN; Ommen, Oliver MD, MPH; Driller, Elke Dr rer medic; Kowalski, Christoph; Neumann, Melanie Dr rer medic; Bartholomeyczik, Sabine Prof, Dr; Pfaff, Holger Prof, Dr Author Information Center for Health Services Research Cologne, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany (Drs Ernstmann, Ommen, Driller, Neumann, and Pfaff and Mr Kowalski); Institute of Nursing Science, Private University Witten/Herdecke, Witten, Germany (Prof, Dr Bartholomeyczik); and Department of Medical Sociology, Institute and Policlinic for Occupational and Social Medicine, Cologne, Germany (Prof, Dr Pfaff). Corresponding Author: Nicole Ernstmann, Dr rer medic, Center for Health Services Research Cologne, University of Cologne, Eupener St 129, 50933 Cologne, Germany ([email protected]). This study was supported by a grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, grant 01HWO112. Accepted for publication: March 7, 2009 Journal of Nursing Care Quality: October 2009 - Volume 24 - Issue 4 - p 340-347 doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3181b14ba5 Buy Metrics Abstract The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between social capital and clinical risk management in hospitals from nurses' perspective. The results of our investigation suggest that higher values of social capital are associated with better ratings in clinical risk management behavior. An established atmosphere of trust and a feeling of common values and convictions can help nurses integrate clinical risk management into their daily work. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.