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Conflict management strategies used by Portuguese nurse managers

Martins, Maria ManuelaI Trindade, Leticia de LimaII Vandresen, LaraIII Amestoy, Simone CoelhoIV Prata, Ana PaulaI Vilela, CarlosI
  • IEscola Superior de Enfermagem do Porto. Porto, Portugal.
  • IIUniversidade do Estado de Santa Catarina. Florianópolis, Santa Catarina. Brazil.
  • IIIUniversidade Federal de Santa Catarina. Florianópolis, Santa Catarina. Brazil.
  • IVUniversidade Federal de Pelotas. Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul. Brazil.

ABSTRACT

Objectives:

to analyze the perception and conflict management strategies used by nurses in the management of people in Portuguese health services.

Methods:

descriptive, correlational study, carried out in Portuguese health services, with an intentional non-probabilistic sample, totaling 95 nurse managers. A questionnaire and Conflict Management Scale were used, analyzing the variables of managerial activities and conflict management, with the aid of software.

Results:

it was identified that 60% of the managers, report having to mediate conflicts daily, and the majority report adopting dialogue in conduct. However, through the Kruskal-Wallis test, it was shown that enforcement strategies in conflict management prevail (p = 0.008), with collaborative ones being more restricted to monthly intervals (p = 0.049).

Conclusions:

managers perceive the importance of collaboration in the mediation of conflicts, however, in their daily lives; they tend to maintain imposing behaviors, signaling for a little transformational leadership style.

Descriptors::
Nursing, Health Management, Health Manager, Health Services Administration, Leadership