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Exploring Nurse Faculty Incivility and Resonant Leadership

Casale, Katherine R.

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000171
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AIM: The purpose of this quantitative correlational study was to explore the relationship between the frequency of interfaculty incivility among nurses in academia and observed levels of resonant leadership of immediate supervisors.

BACKGROUND: Despite mandates to address incivility in health care, nurse faculty report high levels of horizontal incivility among their peers. No known quantitative research has measured the relationship between nurse faculty-to-faculty incivility and resonant leadership traits of leaders.

METHOD: Nursing faculty from 17 universities (n = 260) were emailed an anonymous link to answer survey questions about horizontal peer incivility and leaders’ management styles.

RESULTS: There was a significant inverse relationship (Pearson’s r, −.560) between the frequency of experienced faculty-to-faculty incivility and the level of observed resonant leadership behaviors of participants’ immediate supervisors.

CONCLUSION: Resonant supervisory behaviors inversely correlated with nurse faculty peer incivility, with potential to impact satisfaction, recruitment, and retention.

About the Author Katherine R. Casale, PhD, RN, is an adjunct faculty member teaching in the online MSN and DNP programs at Sacred Heart University College of Nursing, Fairfield, Connecticut. For more information, write to her at katcasa@sbcglobal.net.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

© 2017 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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