The Relationship Between Experiences of Lateral Violence and Career Choice Satisfaction Among Nursing Students

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Abstract

This article explores associate degree nursing students’ experiences with lateral violence and its impact on career choice satisfaction. Lateral violence has been linked to decreased professional identity, increased errors, and poor self-esteem, leading to a negative culture and attrition. A nonexperimental, quantitative, cross-sectional, correlational design was used; 13.4 percent of respondents (n = 32) met the criteria for intermittent bullying. Analysis confirmed a significant negative correlation between experiences of lateral/vertical violence and career choice satisfaction (r = − .140, p < .05) even after controlling for affect and support. Improved efforts are needed to prevent lateral violence.

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