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Social Bullying in Nursing Academia

Goldberg, Earl EdD, RN, APRN; Beitz, Janice PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, MAPWCA; Wieland, Diane PhD, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE; Levine, Ciara MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e3182a0e5a0
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Social bullying has gained attention in the contemporary literature and increasing scrutiny in nursing academia. With a paucity of research on the topic in nursing, the authors asked nursing faculty about the phenomenon of being bullied by faculty colleagues or academic administrators. They discuss their study and its outcomes and implications for academic work lives, recruitment, and retention.

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Author Affiliations: Associate Professor (Drs Goldberg and Wieland), Assistant Professor (Ms Levine), School of Nursing and Health Sciences, La Salle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Professor (Dr Beitz), School of Nursing-Camden, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey.

This research was supported, in part, by a research grant from the La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences Faculty Research Fund and Kappa Delta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Beitz, School of Nursing-Camden, Rutgers University, 311 N 5th Street, Camden, NJ 08102 (

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