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Bullying is prevalent in the profession of nursing, impacting the quality of health care and health care costs. The foundation of bullying, in the profession of nursing, may be attributed to bullying behaviors in nursing academia among nursing faculty and nursing students. Using Bandura’s social learning theory, the purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between bullying behaviors of nursing faculty and bullying behaviors of nursing students in associate degree nursing programs. Seventy-one randomly selected registered nurses who graduated from associate degree nursing programs in the past 5 years completed an online Incivility in Nursing Education-Revised survey. Spearman’s Rho correlation analysis was conducted to determine if relationships exist between the two variables bullying behaviors of nursing faculty and bullying behaviors of nursing students and the variables subsets. Moderate (rₛ = .4 - .6) and strong (rₛ = .7 - .9) relationships (p < .05) were identified between bullying behaviors of nursing faculty and bullying behaviors of nursing students. This research provides the foundation for future exploration of the relationship between nursing faculty bullying behaviors and nursing student bullying behaviors by identifying that a relationship exists. The identification of relationships between bullying behaviors of nursing faculty and bullying behaviors of nursing students provides a means to educate nursing faculty on how the behaviors they exhibit potentially impact the behaviors of nursing students. This study promotes positive social change through educating nursing faculty on behavior and changing the culture and learning environment in nursing academia which can provide a foundation to change the bullying culture in the nursing profession.
Vitale, Angela M., "The Impact of Faculty Bullying on Associate Degree Nursing Students" (2020). Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies. 9006.