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The Dance of Incivility in Nursing Education as Described by Nursing Faculty and Students

Clark, Cynthia PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/01.ANS.0000341419.96338.a3
Original Article

Uncivil and disruptive behaviors in nursing education are serious problems requiring ongoing attention and research. Academic incivility jeopardizes the welfare of faculty, students, and the campus community. This article describes a qualitative study involving 289 nursing faculty members and students from 41 states who responded to 4 open-ended questions included in the Incivility in Nursing Education survey. A conceptual model is introduced to illustrate the study findings. The model depicts how stress, attitude, and a lack of effective communication and intentional engagement may contribute to the “dance” of incivility in nursing education.

Department of Nursing, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.

Corresponding Author: Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, Department of Nursing—SN 154-G, Boise State University, 1910 University Dr, Boise, ID 83725 (

The author gratefully acknowledges Jeri Bigbee, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN, for her careful review of early drafts of the manuscript and Kathleen T. Heinrich, PhD, RN, and Terri Soelberg, MEd, for their attentive and inspired review. The quality of this article is greatly enhanced by their thoughtful and creative suggestions.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.