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Peer Incivility Among Prelicensure Nursing Students: A Call to Action for Nursing Faculty

Sauer, Penny A. PhD, RN; Hannon, Allison E. BSN, RN; Beyer, Kelsey B. MS

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000375
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This article reports findings from a study that examined the prevalence of peer incivility among nursing students and the impact of incivility on students’ physical and mental health and their perceived stress level. Students who experienced high levels of peer incivility had lower mental health scores (P = .0002), lower physical health scores (P = .0069), and higher stress levels (P = .0016). Students who experienced incivility in the classroom had higher levels of peer incivility (P < .001) and lower physical health scores (P < .05).

Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Sauer), University of North Carolina Wilmington; Staff Nurse (Ms Hannon), New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, North Carolina; Statistical Programmer Intern (Ms Beyer), Statistics, University of North Carolina Wilmington.

This research was funded by the Charles L. Cahill Award.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Sauer, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 601 S College Rd, Room 2047 McNeill, Wilmington, NC 28403 (

Accepted for publication: February 4, 2017

Published ahead of print: March 28, 2017

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