Australian nursing students' experience of bullying and/or harassment during clinical placement

Budden, Lea M., Birks, Melanie, Cant, Robyn, Bagley, Tracy, and Park, Tanya (2016) Australian nursing students' experience of bullying and/or harassment during clinical placement. Collegian, 24 (2). pp. 125-133.

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Bullying and harassment in nursing are unacceptable behaviours in the workplace. There is a large body of evidence relating this problem, however little of it focuses on the experiences of nursing students. This prospective cross-sectional survey investigated Australian undergraduate nursing students' (N = 888) experiences of bullying and/or harassment during clinical placement. Half (50.1%) of the students indicated they had experienced this behaviour in the previous 12 months. Younger students were more likely to be bullied/harassed than older students (p = 0.05). Participants identified perpetrators of bullying/harassment as registered nurses (56.6%), patients (37.4%), enrolled nurse's (36.4%), clinical facilitators (25.9%), preceptors (24.6%), nurse managers (22.8%) and other student nurses (11.8%). The majority of students reported that the experience of being bullied/harassed made them feel anxious (71.5%) and depressed (53.6%). Almost a third of students (32.8%) indicated that these experiences negatively affected the standard of care they provided to patients with many (46.9%) reconsidering nursing as their intended career. In the face of workforce attrition in nursing, the findings of this study have implications for education providers, clinical institutions and the profession at large.

Item ID: 42391
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1876-7575
Keywords: nursing students, bullying in nursing, incivility
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Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2016 23:30
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420501 Acute care @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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