Incivility Toward Students in Clinical Practicums:

  • 2013

Incivility Toward Students in Clinical Practicums:

An Integrated Literature Review
Author:
Julie Fagan
Abstract:

Incivility is prevalent in academic settings. The literature contains numerous research reports on incivility of students toward faculty, faculty toward students, and faculty toward their peers. Although considered a compassionate profession, nursing is not immune to incivility; incivility among nurses is equally well-documented as lateral violence, and the phrase “eat their young” is commonly used to describe how seasoned nurses bully novices. Particularly disturbing is evidence found in the literature of incivility of staff RNs toward nursing students during clinical practicums because this initial socialization into the profession can have profound psychological impact on students' self-concept as nurses. In addition, student learning suffers, and patient care is potentially compromised. Research proposes that nursing educators acknowledge students' experiences and address incivility in clinical learning situations. This integrated literature review examines, analyzes, and compares research data on the subject of nursing students' perceptions of incivility from staff RNs and suggests a tool to be used for further data collection.