1. What did you actually learned from the unit.
From this unit I learned a lot about bargaining and how the process works. I also learned a lot about conflict and good ways to resolve conflict. The bargaining portion of this week was confusing at first, but once I understood what I was trying to do I felt a little more comfortable. We were given a background on a union we were apart of that was bargaining with the organization for higher wages and insurance coverage. We learned what it would take to come to an agreement, how net gain was calculated along with loss and increased cost to the employer. It was an interesting assignment. With conflict we watched the Guardian. This was a good movie, I had never seen it before. Through watching it I learned that effective conflict resolution comes from communication, listening, respect, and being humble.
2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?
The team activity was to discuss collective bargaining and conflict. It was interesting to see everyone’s different scenarios and calculations with their bargaining. It’s crazy to see how situations like that are actually handled. With conflict we read everyone’s definitions of conflict and communication styles. We were all on the same page and felt the same way about how conflict is resolved and how different communication styles work and should be handled. Nothing changed my mind, if anything I learned more from my teammates as I read their posts.
3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.
The bargaining, I’m not sure where I’ll utilize that currently in my practice, but the conflict resolution is extremely important. Understanding other people and learning how to effectively work with them can be difficult and can often result in conflict. When it does you have to be able to recognize the cause of the conflict and be willing to work to resolve it so you can work better together. For me personally, I want to apply more assertive communication and always make sure I am willing to listen to the ideas of others and try to find a common ground with those I struggle with.
4. You personal feelings about the material covered.
This material was good to learn and I enjoyed learning about it. It’s helpful to know how about conflict, how to recognize it, and work to resolve it. As a nurse you work with a number of different people who are all going to have various backgrounds and personalities. We have to understand how to work with each other effectively, even in times of conflict.