Date of Conferral

2019

Degree

Ph.D.

School

Nursing

Advisor

Leslie Hussey

Abstract

Academic nurse leaders hold an essential role in preparing future nurses who have the skills and abilities to meet complex healthcare system. However, vacancies in academic leadership positions are on the rise and may be connected to faculty incivility which affects job satisfaction of academic nurse leaders. The purpose of this descriptive correlational study, guided by Herzberg’s two-factor theory, was to explore the relationships between perceptions of and experiences with faculty incivility and job satisfaction in a population of academic nurse leaders. Leader perceptions of and experiences with faculty incivility were measured using the Workplace Civility/Incivility Survey and leader job satisfaction was measured using the Job Satisfaction Survey. Data were collected through an online survey from 142 academic nurse leaders and analyzed using nonparametric correlation testing. The results revealed that academic nurse administrators serving at the associate degree level are victims of faculty incivility and that their experiences with uncivil faculty behavior is significantly correlated to their job satisfaction (p <0.01). Study results suggest that academic nurse leaders will likely encounter uncivil faculty behavior during their tenure as administrators. It is imperative that academic leaders engage in professional development opportunities to address complex and difficult relationships that may occur in the work setting which will foster and advance the skills needed to effect positive social change. Further research that explores the causality of faculty incivility on job satisfaction and other outcomes of the work experience in this and other populations of nursing leaders is warranted.

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