Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis



First Advisor

Karen Rich

Advisor Department



In this paper, the experience of incivility on nursing students was explored. This project aimed to answer the question: How do acts of incivility among nursing students affect the victims emotionally, psychologically, and physically? A significant part of answering this question involved exploring the meaning of the experience of incivility to the participant students. The research design was qualitative with a phenomenological approach. The participants of the study consisted of 5 volunteer, current nursing students attending the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at The University of Southern Mississippi-Gulf Park campus during the fall 2016 semester. The participants were asked to submit electronic journal accounts detailing their experiences with incivility in nursing school. Data were analyzed for themes separately by both the researcher and thesis chair. The three themes identified are: 1) personal impact, 2) managing the situation, and 3) culture of nursing. The themes identified indicate that incivility has a negative effect on nursing students during nursing school.

Included in

Nursing Commons