Self-reported conflict management competence among nursing students on the point of graduating and registered nurses with professional experience
2015 (English)In: Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, ISSN 1925-4040, E-ISSN 1925-4059, Vol. 5, no 8, 82-89 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: It has been shown that specific competence is necessary for preventing and managing conflicts in healthcare settings. The aim of this descriptive and correlation study was to investigate and compare the self-reported conflict management competence (CMC) of nursing students who were on the point of graduating (NSPGs), and the CMC of registered nurses (RNs) with professional experience.
Methods: The data collection, which consisted of soliciting answers to items measuring CMC in the Nurse Professional Competence (NPC) Scale, was performed as a purposive selection of 11 higher education institutions (HEIs) in Sweden. Three CMC items from the NPC Scale were answered by a total of 569 nursing students who were on the point of graduating and 227 RN registered nurses with professional experience.
Results: No significant differences between NSPGs and RNs were found, and both groups showed a similar score pattern, with the lowest score for the item: “How do you perceive your ability to develop the group and strengthen competence in conflict management and problem-solving, based on knowledge of group dynamics?”. RNs with long professional experience (>24 months) rated their overall CMC as significantly better than RNs with short (<24 months) professional experience did (p = .05). NSPGs who had experience of international studies during their nursing education reported higher CMC, compared with those who did not have this experience (p = .03). RNs who reported a high degree of utilisation of CMC during the previous month scored higher regarding self-reported overall CMC (p < .0001).
Conclusions: Experience of international studies during nursing education, or long professional experience, resulted in higher self-reported CMC. Hence, the CMC items in the NPC Scale can be suitable for identifying self-reported conflict management competence among NSPGs and RNs
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Toronto, Canada: Sciedu Press , 2015. Vol. 5, no 8, 82-89 p.
Conflicts, Conflict-management, Self-reported, Registered nurses, Nursing students
Research subject Health and Welfare, Sjuksköterskors forskningsanvändning och dess samband med utbildnings-, individ- och arbetsorganisatoriska faktorer.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:du-17958DOI: 10.5430/jnep.v5n8p82OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-17958DiVA: diva2:822406