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Six Principles for Remaining Positive in a Negative Work Environment

Johanson, Linda S.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000598
JCN Online Extra: online only: practice/education

ABSTRACT: Nurses employed in a caustic work environment can find their ability to give quality patient care impeded. Situations in which there is incivility, high stress, jealousy, or harassment, exemplify work environments that can be discouraging, especially for Christian nurses who may have pursued the profession in response to a spiritual calling. There are biblical passages that nurses may use to help them cope, including six focus points to guide and encourage nurses in caustic work situations.

Linda Johanson, EdD, RN, is an associate professor in the Nursing Department at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She has been a nurse educator since 1980, and she is a regular volunteer for medical mission work.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 4/23/2018.

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