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LaSala, Kathleen

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Wilson, Vicki

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Incivility against nursing faculty by nursing students is recognized as an area of increased concern in nursing education. Academic incivility is any speech or behavior that negatively affects the well-being of students or faculty members, weakens professional relationships, and hinders the teaching–learning process. The negative experience that this may potentially have on nursing faculty is disturbing. Taking into consideration that these negative experiences may result in harm to the nursing faculty member’s health and well-being, it is important to understand the multifaceted tribulations that confront nursing faculty members who are subjected to student incivility. This investigation looked at the phenomenon of incivility from the nursing faculty members’ perspective. The purpose of this study was to describe and understand the experiences nursing faculty have had with nursing student incivility at a college or university. In addition, this study strived to provide an emic view of student incivility towards nursing faculty and the resulting impact this incivility may have on nursing faculty members. Congruent with the purpose of this study, the phenomenological method, guided by interpretivism and constuctionism, was used. This method helped illuminate and understand the lived experiences described by nursing faculty members who participated in this study and, in turn, helped to answer the research question. The conceptual model for fostering civility in nursing education provided the framework for this study. Twelve nursing faculty members at seven colleges or universities in Ohio and Michigan were interviewed and provided rich descriptions of their experiences with student incivility. A phenomenological method was used to analyze transcripts from the participants’ interviews, resulting in six identified themes: subjected to a variety of unacceptable student behaviors, time consuming, tarnished reputation, support is beneficial, harmful to health and well-being, and questioning the future.

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Nursing -- Study and teaching; Nursing students -- Attitudes


170 pages

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