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Resilience to Social Bullying in Academia: A Phenomenological Study

Wieland, Diane PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE; Beitz, Janice M. PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, MAPWCA, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000169
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While social bullying, negative workplace behaviors, and incivility are receiving scholarly attention, no research study could be identified targeting resilience to social bullying in nursing programs. This article describes a phenomenological study that investigated resilience to social bullying. Seventeen self-identified bullied nurse faculty were audiotaped. Colaizzi’s method guided data analysis. Multiple themes reflected 3 chronologic periods: during bullying, decisional phase, and after bullying. Implications for the health and well-being of nursing faculty are posed.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor of Nursing (Dr Wieland), School of Nursing & Health Sciences, La Salle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Professor of Nursing (Dr Beitz), Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey.

The study was supported by funding from the Zane Robinson Wolf Faculty Research Fund (La Salle University) and Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Beitz, School of Nursing, Rutgers University, 215 N Third St, Camden, NJ 08102 (

Accepted for publication: March 14, 2015

Published ahead of print: May 6, 2015

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