Reflections on power, conflict and resolution for the perioperative environment

Ralph, Nicholas and Welch, Anthony J. and Norris, Philip and Irwin, Rachel (2013) Reflections on power, conflict and resolution for the perioperative environment. ACORN: The Journal of Perioperative Nursing in Australia, 26 (1). pp. 19-22. ISSN 1448-7535


This paper deals with the presence of conflict as an inherent factor in human interactions and as such posits that it must be recognised, qualified and dealt with appropriately. To recognise conflict, it is essential that the theoretical information involving power and conflict be understood in order to apply them at a practical level. Whilst the theory surrounding the existence of conflict does reflect practice, the application of conflict resolution strategies is less concrete. The literature is not suggestive of any one approach to conflict resolution as a panacea to conflict. What is clear is that people must be separated from the problem by a mediator who dehumanises the issues and creates an opportunity for the conflicted parties to look at the situation objectively and rationally with the view of creating a win-win situation. The notion of win-win – albeit loosely defined – is that it is the best option for both parties and is a result manufactured by the conflicted individuals or groups.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2014 11:53
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2019 02:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: conflict resolution; nursing leadership; nursing management; perioperative leadership; perioperative management; perioperative nursing; power; resolution
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111709 Health Care Administration
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940502 Professions and Professionalisation

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