Nursing instructors’ perception of students’ uncivil behaviors: A qualitative study

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Abstract

Background:

Uncivil behavior is a serious issue in nursing education around the world, and is frequently faced by instructors and students. There is no study in relation to explain the concept and dimensions of uncivil behavior in nursing education of Iran.

Aim:

The aim of this study was to determine the perception of nursing educators about student incivility behavior.

Methods:

This was a qualitative study. Data from 11 semi-structured interviews were analyzed using conventional content analysis.

Participants and research context:

In all, 11 nursing educators of 5 various nursing schools in Tehran, capital of Iran, participated.

Ethical considerations:

Organizational approval by the Universities, and informed consent were ensured before conducting the research. The principles of voluntariness, confidentiality, and anonymity were respected during the research process.

Results:

Three themes were found: disruptive behavior affecting communication climate, disruptive behavior affecting ethical climate, and disruptive behavior affecting learning climate.

Discussion and final considerations:

The results of this study demonstrated that uncivil behavior affects every ethical, communicational, and learning climate and threaten peace of the instructors, students, and the academic community. With the consideration of mutuality in incivility behaviors, the authors propose to examine students’ perceptions and identify dimensions of uncivil behavior of instructors for formulating strategies to minimize such behaviors in nursing educational society.

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