Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University

2 Department of Medical‑Surgical Nursing, Iran University of Medical Sciences

3 Nursing Care Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran


INTRODUCTION: Student–supervisor conflict is inevitable in an academic setting. The purpose
of the present study aimed to argue that using intelligent interaction as an appropriate strategy to
manage the student–supervisor conflict in Iranian nursing schools.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This qualitative study was a part of larger grounded theory research.
Data were collected by conducting a semi‑structured interview with nine nursing students and five
supervisors who were selected by purposeful sampling in the current investigation. Data analysis
was done through the recommended method of Corbin and Strauss (2015).
RESULTS: Intelligent interaction was extracted as one of the main categories for managing
student–supervisor conflict. Intelligent interaction consisted of four subcategories including use a
logic strategy, competent role play, flexible and smart selection, and getting help from other sources.
CONCLUSION: Intelligent interaction is an appropriate strategy to resolve and manage the
supervisor–student conflict in the Iranian academic setting. It is suggested that universities
must consider intelligent interaction in developing a policy‑procedure process for managing the
student–supervisor conflict in Iranian academic settings.


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