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Faculty Field Guide for Promoting Student Civility in the Classroom

Clark, Cynthia M. PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e3181b2b589
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Student incivility is defined as rude and disruptive behavior that, when left unaddressed, may spiral into aggressive or violent behavior. Nursing faculty are challenged by uncivil student behavior and many are underprepared to deal with its effects. Some faculty members consider leaving nursing education because of the serious toll that incivility often takes on their personal and professional lives. The impact of student incivility on faculty is especially troubling during a national nursing shortage. The author provides nursing faculty with several ready-to-use strategies for preventing and effectively dealing with student incivility in nursing education.

Author Affiliation: Professor, Department of Nursing, Boise State University, Idaho.

Correspondence: Department of Nursing, Boise State University, 1910 University Dr, Boise, ID 83725-1840 (

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