Date of Award

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Sc.

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Kane, Deborah (Faculty of Nursing)

Keywords

Health Sciences, Nursing.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

A descriptive study (N=674) was undertaken to examine expereinces of bullying in clinical nursing education. Student nurses are experiencing and witnessing bullying behaviours at various frequencies, most notably by clinical instructors and staff nurses. Third and fourth year students are experiencing more bullying behaviours than first and second year students, with first year students reporting the least amount of bullying behaviours. Most students did not tell anyone about their experiences. Students who experienced more bullying behaviours had lower self-esteem and lower self-confidence in their ability to care for their patients. In addition, students who experienced more bullying behaviours were more likely to have considered leaving the nursing program and used more maladaptive strategies to cope with experiences of bullying behaviours. Implications for practice include ensuring that clinical instructors are well prepared for their role as educators and implementing policies that address the issue of bullying.

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