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Countering Unprofessional Behaviors Among Nurses in the Workplace

Filipova, Anna A., PhD

Journal of Nursing Administration: October 2018 - Volume 48 - Issue 10 - p 487–494
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000656

OBJECTIVE: This study investigates the association of authentic leadership (AL) and perceived organizational support to workplace bullying among a sample of licensed practical nurses (LPNs).

BACKGROUND: Workplace bullying is a serious problem in the workplace that harms nurses' physical and psychological well-being.

METHODS: A cross-sectional survey design was implemented. A simple random sample of 855 was drawn from a population of 4306 LPNs in a single US Midwestern state. A total of 168 usable questionnaires were returned (19.65% response rate).

RESULTS: Forty-three percent of nurses experienced at least 2 negative behaviors on a weekly/daily basis; 12% self-identified as a victim. The moral component of AL was a major determinant of overall workplace bullying (β = −.59), person-related bullying (β = −.70), and physical intimidation (β = −.58). Perceived support was a major determinant of work-related bullying (β = −.40).

CONCLUSIONS: Organizational support initiatives and AL training for nurse leaders should be considered to reduce bullying.

Author Affiliation: Professor, Department of Public Administration, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

This research was supported by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Office of Sponsored Programs and Faculty Development, Faculty Development Research Project (grant FDR973).

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Filipova, Department of Public Administration, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901 (

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