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ERIC Number: EJ868652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0313-7155
Nursing Students' Perceptions of Bullying Behaviours by Classmates
Cooper, Janet R. M.; Walker, Jean T.; Winters, Karen; Williams, P. Renee; Askew, Rebecca; Robinson, Jennifer C.
Issues in Educational Research, v19 n3 p212-226 2009
The purpose of this non-experimental descriptive study was to explore types, sources, and frequency of bullying behaviours that nursing students experience while in nursing school. The study also evaluated resources utilised by nursing students to cope with these bullying behaviours. Six hundred thirty-six participants completed the investigator-developed Bullying in Nursing Education Questionnaire (BNEQ). All respondents reported at least one encounter with bullying behaviour. Fifty-six percent reported that the most frequent source of bullying behaviours was School of Nursing (SON) Classmates. Cursing and swearing, inappropriate behaviours, and belittling or humiliating behaviours by classmates were the most frequently reported bullying behaviours. The most frequently reported behaviour used in response to bullying was "Did Nothing." This study provides evidence that bullying by classmates occurs frequently and that strategies to address the problem in schools of nursing are warranted. Recommendations to address bullying include adoption of "Zero Tolerance" policies and education and training for students, faculty, and health care agencies employees. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A