The Dance of Incivility in Nursing Education as Described by Nursing Faculty and Students

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Uncivil and disruptive behaviors in nursing education are serious problems requiring ongoing attention and research. Academic incivility jeopardizes the welfare of faculty, students, and the campus community. This article describes a qualitative study involving 289 nursing faculty members and students from 41 states who responded to 4 open-ended questions included in the Incivility in Nursing Education survey. A conceptual model is introduced to illustrate the study findings. The model depicts how stress, attitude, and a lack of effective communication and intentional engagement may contribute to the "dance" of incivility in nursing education.

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