Author

Lee Ann Leech

Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)

Department

Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

Kelli R. Paquette, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Theresa M. Gropelli, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Laura J. Strong, D.Ed.

Abstract

Incivility in the nursing literature is a term used to identify situations where distractions or discord invade the learning atmosphere. Nursing student incivility is an ongoing problem in nursing education and may cause disruption or conflict in the learning environment. Students deserve a learning environment free of distractions or harassment. Additionally, the instructor should be able to teach in a productive, positive learning environment.

Many researchers have examined the impact of incivility but the lived experience of male nurse educators has not been examined. This study examined incidents of incivility to study the lived experiences of male nurse educators, as well as the effect nursing student incivility has on pedagogy and job satisfaction.

A qualitative phenomenological approach was used to evaluate the data. Nine male nurse educators in the northeastern United States met the inclusion criteria for the study. Interviews were conducted and transcribed verbatim by the researcher. Codes were assigned and were analyzed into themes. Themes were used to describe and understand the lived experiences of male nurse educators who have experienced nursing student incivility.

The results of the study revealed that male nurse educators experienced many of the same uncivil events with the similar physical and emotional symptoms as found in previous studies. Intuitively, or through trial and error, the study participants implemented many of the comparable techniques to prevent or control student incivility as found in the literature. Where the study findings differed, though, was the aftermath of student incivility. Male nurse educators did not take the same ownership responsibility nor have as many physical and emotional symptoms as female nurse educators. Nursing student incivility did not impact job satisfaction or inspire any participant to leave nursing education. This study discovered that many of the male nurse educators acted as unofficial mentors to male nursing students to promote male student retention in the nursing profession.

These study findings provide a better understanding of the lived experiences of the male nurse educator who has experienced nursing student incivility. This information may be used by faculty and administrators to improve their understanding and management of nursing student incivility. The study results suggest a need for further research in the impact of a male nurse educator mentor on the retention and graduation of the male student nurse.

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