An Integrative Review of Incivility in Nursing Education

J Nurs Educ. 2022 Apr;61(4):173-178. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20220209-01. Epub 2022 Apr 1.


Background: Incivility is a persistent problem in nursing education, with research documenting this phenomenon for more than 40 years. Left unaddressed, incivility persists as nursing students enter the profession, influencing patient outcomes. This integrative review describes the current literature on incivility in nursing education. Concept mapping of this integrative review revealed many facets and participants in this ongoing problem.

Method: Torraco's method guided this integrative review. Databases searched included Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, ProQuest, and PubMed for research studies.

Results: Twenty-four research studies were identified for inclusion in this integrative review.

Conclusion: Incivility in nursing education is well documented in the research literature. Intervention studies mainly focused on changing the behaviors of students without considering the way in which faculty contribute to the problem of incivility. Concept mapping assisted in identifying commonalities in uncivil behaviors experienced by students and faculty. Future interventions may focus on un-civil behaviors demonstrated by both groups. [J Nurs Educ. 2022;61(4):173-178.].

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Education, Nursing*
  • Faculty, Nursing
  • Humans
  • Incivility*
  • Students, Nursing*