Both authors are affiliated with the Spinal Cord Injury Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, CA: Michael Dunn is a staff psychologist, and Noreen Sommer is a community health nurse coordinator.
Managing Difficult Staff Interactions: Effectiveness of Assertiveness Training for SCI Nursing Staff
Article first published online: 10 JUL 2012
1997 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 22, Issue 2, pages 82–87, March-April 1997
How to Cite
Dunn, M. and Sommer, N. (1997), Managing Difficult Staff Interactions: Effectiveness of Assertiveness Training for SCI Nursing Staff. Rehabilitation Nursing, 22: 82–87. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.1997.tb01739.x
- Issue published online: 10 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 10 JUL 2012
Sixty-one members of the nursing staff of a spinal cord injury (SCI) center at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center were assessed before and after a 3-hour class on managing difficult staff interactions. The assessment consisted of two questionnaires that were developed to assess staff discomfort when dealing with common interpersonal situations in rehabilitation. The class involved a lecture and discussion, modeling, and behavior rehearsal. Repeated measures analysis of variance showed an overall effect of training. There was also a statistically significant relationship between staff members' educational levels and the level of discomfort related to interpersonal interactions that they experienced after attending the class. Registered nurses reported a statistically significant decrease in discomfort. The conclusion was that the class was effective in helping registered nurses reduce their discomfort in some difficult rehabilitation situations.