Preceptors, students and educators gathered at McMaster Innovation Park on Dec. 1 to hear assistant professor of nursing Gladys Peachey speak about conflict in the clinical environment at the annual Bernice King Lectureship in Clinical Nursing Education.
"As preceptors, you're critical, you're pivotal in your students' learning and socialization into the nursing profession," said Peachey. "Conflict is not only negative it is also positive and if you want to grow, you must have conflict."
Peachey's research interests are focused in part on the impact of leadership and conflict management on nurses and health care organizations. She urged the preceptors in attendance to seize the "teachable moments" when conflict arises with students in the workplace.
"The only way we're going to learn to manage conflict is if we experience conflict," she said. "Conflict is very costly. If you don't resolve conflict, it has a major impact on patients, it has a major impact on staff, and a major impact on the organization."
The Bernice King Lectureship was launched in the fall of 2005 to honour Bernice King, a former assistant clinical professor with the School of Nursing and an esteemed nursing colleague with an outstanding career-long record of excellence in clinical nursing education.
The aim of the annual lecture is to stimulate the advancement of clinical nursing education through collaboration between clinical and academic partners, and the development of educational innovations.