Date of Award

Spring 5-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Committee Chair

Dr. Kyna J. Shelley

Committee Chair School


Committee Member 2

Dr. Lilian H. Hill

Committee Member 2 School


Committee Member 3

Dr. Thomas J. Lipscomb

Committee Member 3 School


Committee Member 4

Dr. Kevin E. Wells

Committee Member 4 School




This study, drawn from a nationwide sample with 1,407 responses, examines faculty-to-faculty bullying and incivility in nursing education. It assesses the prevalence of bullying and incivility within the organization, identifies the most commonly occurring bullying behaviors, and identifies and ranks the most frequently occurring uncivil workplace behaviors. The study also examines the relationship between bullying, incivility, and intent to leave the organization.

Research tools include the Negative Acts Questionnaire-Revised (NAQ-R), the Workplace Incivility/Civility Scale (WICS), and the Turnover Intention Scale-6 (TIS 6). The analysis includes an evaluation of significant differences in which faculty members are targets of bullying or incivility based on demographic and professional variables.

Results indicate that academic rank, tenure status, years of teaching experience, sexual orientation, gender identification, and age are not associated with the prevalence of faculty-to-faculty bullying or incivility. Additionally, there was no statistically significant difference in the prevalence of bullying and incivility between Associate Degree and Baccalaureate programs. Only the NAQ-R score, as an indicator of bullying, has a statistically significant positive relationship with turnover intention.

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