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We have two nurses on the floor who really haven't been getting along lately. It's not affecting patient care, but I'm worried about it getting to that point. Do you have any advice on how to defuse the situation?

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Take time to address the conflict. Get the nurses together and express your concerns. Listen to their issues and facilitate their listening to each other. Identify the problem, their interests, and their needs. Assist them in brainstorming possible solutions. Praise their successes in communicating with each other, even if they cannot reach an agreement. Check in periodically to reevaluate the situation. Continue to meet with the nurses if the tension between them continues.

-June Marshall, RN, MS, CNAA-BC, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® Project Director at Medical City Hospital in Dallas, Texas