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1. Describe a workplace situation in which the nurse manager would use problem resolution. Describe a situation in which the nurse manager would use negotiation to resolve a workplace conflict (or potential conflict).

2. Compare and contrast conflict resolution strategies, first using the informal negotiation method and then the formal negotiation method.

3. Visit the American Nurses Association’s website to learn more about collective bargaining for nurses. Nursing unions can be found in which states? Discuss the possibility of joining a union with another group of students.

4. PART 1: Go to your state nurses’ association’s website and look for information on collective bargaining. Look for recent information on collective bargaining for nurses in your state in news articles, union websites, and other sources. Is there a lot of collective bargaining going on in your state? If not, why not? If so, what are the main issues being debated?

PART 2: Consider the benefits and drawbacks of joining a collective bargaining unit. Would you want to join a union as a full-time staff nurse? If so, why or why not?


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