Asian Nurs Res.  2016 Sep;10(3):228-233. 10.1016/j.anr.2016.07.002.

Role of Emotional Intelligence in Conflict Management Strategies of Nurses

Affiliations
  • 1School of Health Sciences, Adıyaman University, Adıyaman, Turkey. cbasogul@adiyaman.edu.tr
  • 2Faculty of Nursing, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey.

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study analyzes the emotional intelligence levels and conflict management strategies of nurses and the association between them.
METHODS
This cross-sectional, descriptive study was conducted with 277 nurses in a stratified random sample from a university hospital in Turkey. The data were collected from nurses who gave their informed consent to participate using a personal information form, the Rahim Organizational Conflict Inventory-II and Bar-On's Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-I). Data were assessed by descriptive statistics, t tests, and Pearson correlation analyses, using SPSS software.
RESULTS
The levels of the nurses' strategies were as follows: avoiding (M = 2.98), dominating (M = 2.76), and obliging (M = 2.71) were medium; compromising (M = 1.99) and integration (M = 1.96) were low. The levels of the emotional intelligence of nurses (mean = 2.75) were medium on a 5-point scale. Integration (r = .168), obliging (r = .25), dominating (r = .18), and compromising (r = .33), which are conflict management strategies, were positively correlated with scores of emotional intelligence, and avoiding (r = −.25) was negatively correlated with scores of emotional intelligence (p < .05).
CONCLUSIONS
The study determined that nurses' emotional intelligence affects conflict management strategies. To use effective strategies in conflict management, nurses must develop emotional intelligence. Training programs on conflict management and emotional intelligence are needed to improve effective conflict management in healthcare facilities.

Keyword

conflict; emotional intelligence; nurses

MeSH Terms

Adult
*Conflict (Psychology)
Cross-Sectional Studies
*Emotional Intelligence
Humans
Negotiating
Nurse's Role/psychology
Nurses/*psychology
Social Skills
Turkey
Workplace/statistics & numerical data
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