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Conflict-Handling Styles Demonstrated by Nursing Students in Response to Microethical Dilemmas

Krautscheid, Lorretta C.; Luebbering, Carissa M.; Krautscheid, Beth A.

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000132
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Nursing students encounter microethical dilemmas during clinical practice and are confronted with negotiating accompanying conflict. This post hoc analysis pilot study describes the frequency of conflict-handling styles demonstrated by senior-level nursing students (n = 59) who encountered microethical dilemmas embedded within existing high-fidelity simulation. Observation of recorded simulations revealed that 55.9 percent of students demonstrated effective conflict-handling styles and 44 percent demonstrated ineffective conflict handling. Recommendations for nursing education include utilizing simulation to extend learning beyond the cognitive domain to promote congruence between knowing what a nurse should do and acting on one's convictions.

About the Authors Lorretta C. Krautscheid, PhD, RN, CNE, is an assistant professor, University of Portland School of Nursing, Oregon. Carissa M. Luebbering, BA, is a teaching assistant, Fulbright Austria, Wien. Beth A. Krautscheid, MD, is a pediatric resident, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland. For more information, contact Dr. Lorretta Krautscheid at

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

© 2017 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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