Conflict situation management in nursing clinical practice

1,2 Amer Ovčina
1 Sadeta Begić
1 Ernela Eminović
3 Emilija Hrapović
3 Marijan Marjanović
2 Vedran Đido
2 Hadžan Konjo
2 Enisa Šljivo

1 Klinički centar Univerziteta u Sarajevu
2 Univerzitet u Sarajevu – -Fakultet zdravstvenih studija
3 Sveučilište/Univerzitet “„VITEZ” Vitezu, Fakultet zdravstvenih studija


Conflicts are a social phenomenon and occur in all organizations where people work. So, they are inevitable even among nurses, because the work they do is very responsible and  stressful. Conflicts of a personal nature are not uncommon, and they are produced by intimacy in the workplace.


The study was conducted among 146 nurses employed at the Clinical Center of the University of Sarajevo. The study is descriptive, analytical and comparative. The original author’s  questionnaire created on the basis of professional and scientific literature was used as a study instrument. The goal of thestudyis to determine if the conflict situations in nursing clinical  practice are related to the dissatisfaction of nurses with working conditions, lack of motivational techniques, poor communication in the team and superior-subordinate relations.


Most respondents state that conflict situations are short-lived and do not affect work. Respondents pointed out that the most commoncauses of conflict are poorcommunication and  personal contempt of colleagues (71 or 48.6%), violations of labor regulations and non-performance of work obligations (68 or 46.6%), differences in education (39 or 26.7%), etc. The  most common manner that nurses use to resolve conflicts is to exchange information in order to reach a joint decision, to negotiate and seek compromises.


Conflicts are manifested in the form of negative emotions, so in this regard, they can have significant negative consequences, and contribute less to improvement or have a positive  effect on the work environment. Communication conflicts between nurses are detrimental to teamwork – negative confrontation between two sides, often revealing anger, not talking for  a longer period, or personally standing out at the expense of the other side.

Keywords: management, conflict situations, nurses, clinical practice