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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Robert McWirth


Lateral violence (LV) among nurses has been widely known to occur in specialty units, such as the operating room, where disruptive behavior can breed behind closed doors. Research on LV among nurses has only identified the issue, and further research is needed to properly address the negative behavior. LV affects not only the nursing profession but also patient outcomes. The purpose of this DNP project was to shed light on the topic by improving knowledge regarding the issue in the perioperative setting. Watson’s theory of human caring provided the conceptual framework for the project. The practice question for this DNP project addressed whether a staff education module for OR nurses addressing effective communication would increase their knowledge of unprofessional behavior. An educational module on LV was administered to perioperative nurses. Analysis and synthesis were made using a t-test and inferential statistics to determine if the pretest and posttest questionnaire were significantly different. The total number of participants was 22. Inclusion criteria were all perioperative registered nurses. The data were analyzed by comparing participants’ posttests and pretests using SPSS software. Key results from the paired sample t-test concluded a statistically significant difference between means (p < .05); therefore, the educational module was successful in increasing awareness of LV. The findings of this study have potential implications for positive social change, including helping to decrease the nursing shortage and attract nurses into specialty units by increasing awareness of LV.

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