1. Westphaln, Kristi K. PhD, RN, CPNP-PC
  2. Fry-Bowers, Eileen K. PhD, JD, RN, CPNP, FAAN
  3. Georges, Jane M. PhD, RN


The concept of social capital appears in the literature of multiple disciplines as a social determinant of health, an important aspect of human interaction, and a means to support population health capacity. Little is known about the use of social capital within the context of nursing. This article's aim provides insight into the concept of social capital and nursing. Avant and Walker methodology was used to analyze a sample of 78 articles. Along with a variety of articles and content themes, findings from this concept analysis include critical attributes, an operational definition, and reflections regarding future use.