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  1. Glasscock, Frances E. MSN, RNC
  2. Hales, Ann PhD, RN


Two concepts from Bowen's family systems theory are differentiation of self and triangles. These concepts are presented and recommended as useful tools for the nurse administrator. By using the principles from differentiation of self, nurse administrators may improve the work environment by distinguishing between their own thoughts and feelings. Once a nursing administrator identifies and changes triangulation processes, healthy relationship patterns may occur and staff absenteeism and low morale may be improved.