Nursing Faculty's Perception of Managing Nursing Faculty to Faculty Incivility

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Nursing faculty incivility is not a new phenomenon. It has been seen in nursing education for quite some time. Understanding nursing faculty experiences with their colleague’s incivility will help create a workplace environment that is less hostile and promotes the psychological well-being of faculty. The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to explore the roles, experiences, and perceptions of nursing faculty within a nursing program in regard to faculty-to-faculty incivility. More specifically, the study examined the nursing faculty’s perception of what constitutes uncivil behavior, the roles that both faculty and nurse leaders have in managing this behavior, and the current practices used to address incivility. Eight nursing faculty from various nursing programs within the Midwest participated. Participants were interviewed regarding their lived experiences of nursing faculty-to-faculty incivility. Data received from these interviews was analyzed for common themes. Participants were clear that incivility is a current issue in nursing education. Women dominate the profession of nurse education, and with this comes a struggle to acquire power over others. Incivility has led to participants resigning their positions, changing their teaching assignments, or contemplating leaving nursing education. Participants were not consistent in recognizing uncivil behaviors. Because of the inconsistencies, it is impossible to manage incivility. Participants identified education on incivility as a strategy that will assist with the lack of knowledge. Codes of conduct and incivility policies should also be put in place to help manage incivility. Lastly, accountability is critical; both faculty and leaders must hold nursing faculty accountable for their uncivil behaviors. This study exhibits significant implications for nursing education, nursing faculty, and nursing education administration by identifying educational needs, identifying strategies that have been successful in addressing incivility, and emphasizing the need to make uncivil faculty members accountable for their actions.
Nursing, Higher education, Organizational behavior, Incivility, Intraprofessional relations, Nursing faculty, Organizational culture, Work environment, Workplace civility
McCown, A. (2021). Nursing faculty's perception of managing nursing faculty to faculty incivility. [Doctoral dissertation, Bryan College of Health Sciences].