Relationships among Nurse Manager Leadership Skills, Conflict Management, and Unit Teamwork

Martha L. Grubaugh, Linda Flynn

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OBJECTIVE The aim of this study is to examine the relationships among staff nurse perceptions of their nurse manager (NM) leadership ability, conflict management, and team backup on medical-surgical units. BACKGROUND Team backup, an important component of teamwork, is crucial to patient safety and outcomes. A threat to successful teamwork is ineffective conflict management. There is scant knowledge, however, about NM conflict management skills and unit teamwork through the concept of team backup. METHODS Secondary analyses were conducted utilizing data previously collected from a sample of 257 staff nurses. A series of multiple regressions, including a mediation model, were estimated to determine relationships among variables. RESULTS Positive relationships were substantiated among the variables of NM leadership ability, conflict management, and team backup. Staff nurse perceptions of NM leadership ability were a significant predictor of conflict management and team backup. CONCLUSION Findings support the importance of the NM demonstrating skilled leadership and the ability to manage conflicts and to develop team backup. This study further highlights the importance of conflict management as a leadership competency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-388
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Administration
Volume48
Issue number7-8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

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Nurse Administrators
Aptitude
Nurses
Patient Safety
Conflict (Psychology)

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