Original ArticlesThe Alleged Epidemic of Social Narcissism Implications for Nurse LeadersMortell, Susan DNP, RN, CNL Author Information School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California. Correspondence: Susan Mortell, DNP, RN, CNL, School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco, Cowell Hall, 2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117 ([email protected]). The author declares no conflict of interest. Nursing Administration Quarterly: January/March 2022 - Volume 46 - Issue 1 - p 45-51 doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000500 Buy Metrics Abstract Research indicates that narcissistic personality disorder and subclinical narcissism may be reaching epidemic proportions within American society. It is thus probable that nursing administrators will encounter narcissistic behavior among their staff, supervisors, and/or patients and patient family members. It is therefore crucial that nurse leaders understand the causes of narcissism and how narcissistic behaviors might be addressed within health care settings. An awareness of these issues can help decrease the damage that narcissistic behaviors can have on individuals and institutions. © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.