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Managing Organizational Conflicts: A Phenomenological Study of Nurse/ Physician Conflicts in Nigerian Hospitals and their Impact on Managed Care Delivery

Okhakhu EE*1, Okhakhu AL2 and Okhakhu JOO3

1Business Administration Department, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, EdoState, Nigeria

2ENT Department, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, EdoState, Nigeria

3\Public Health Department, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada

*Corresponding Author:
Emmarex Elemeiye Okhakhu
Business Administration Department
Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
EdoState, Nigeria
Tel: +2347089738575
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: February 05, 2014; Accepted Date: July 24, 2014; Published Date: July 31, 2014

Citation: Okhakhu EE, Okhakhu AL, Okhakhu JOO (2014) Managing Organizational Conflicts: A Phenomenological Study of Nurse/Physician Conflicts in Nigerian Hospitals and their Impact on Managed Care Delivery. J Entrepren Organiz Manag 3:115. doi: 10.4172/2169-026X.1000115

Copyright: © 2014 Okhakhu EE, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

This study builds on and analyzes the conclusions examined the relationships in how nurses resolve their conflicts with doctors. They conclude that “dominance approaches to conflict resolution are associated with low occupational stress levels, whereas the obliging and avoidance approaches are linked to higher stress” and that “seniority and status of nurses affect both their choice of conflict-resolution tactics and the associated stress and job satisfaction levels”. This research furthers the investigation by sieving through the lived experiences of nurses and physicians in Nigeria to ascertain if cultural socializations complicate conflict resolution between nurses and physicians, and if it further adversely affects patient care delivery. This phenomenological study used five thematic questions to interview 100 nurses from five major healthcare facilities across the country, seeking their experience of inter-professional, personal, and ethical conflict in-care of patients. The findings suggest that in Nigeria, cultural socialization weigh heavily on how conflicts are handed, and have a negative impact on healthcare management/delivery. The perceived dominance or professional superiority of physicians over nurses has adverse effect on nursing. The research shows value for collegiality in patient care, and points to new direction in the understanding collaboration.

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