The effects of student incivility on nursing faculty

J Nurs Educ. 2007 Jan;46(1):15-9. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20070101-04.


In this study, 21 nursing faculty who experienced uncivil encounters with nursing students were interviewed to determine what effects those encounters had on them. The uncivil encounters ranged from relatively mild to highly aggressive, including overt threats to the faculty members' well-being. The effects of the uncivil encounters on the nursing faculty involved were significant and included both short-term and long-term sequelae, such as physical and emotional reactions, decreased self-esteem, loss of confidence in their teaching abilities, significant time expenditures, and negative effects on the educational process. Three faculty members left nursing education and cited their interactions with students as an influential factor.

MeSH terms

  • Aggression / psychology
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Burnout, Professional / etiology
  • Burnout, Professional / psychology
  • Conflict, Psychological
  • Cost of Illness
  • Faculty, Nursing*
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Male
  • Northwestern United States
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Personnel Turnover
  • Professional Competence
  • Qualitative Research
  • Self Concept
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / etiology
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / psychology
  • Social Behavior*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / etiology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology
  • Students, Nursing* / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors
  • Verbal Behavior
  • Violence / prevention & control
  • Violence / psychology*