Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Ric Keaster (Director), Donna Blackburn, Dana Cosby, Jie Zhang

Degree Program

Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

Degree Type

Doctor of Education


This study explored differences of nursing students’ perceptions of student and faculty incivility, measured using the Incivility in Nursing Education survey, across semesters and between Associate and Baccalaureate of Science nursing students. A sample of 262 Associate and Baccalaureate of Science nursing program students enrolled in second, third, and fourth semesters from a state university located in the mid-south participated in the study. Descriptive statistics, Analysis of Variance, and Independent t-tests were conducted to examine the research questions. These questions explored what student and faculty behaviors were perceived as uncivil and most frequently occurring (disruptive and threatening) uncivil behavior in the nursing academic environment by program type (ASN and BSN programs). Comparisons were made among level in program and program types. Data analysis revealed that the most frequent perceived disruptive classroom student behaviors were use of technology (computers, cell phones, texting) unrelated to class and holding distracting conversations. The most frequently occurring perceived disruptive faculty behaviors were deviating from the course syllabus and ignoring disruptive student behavior. The most frequently perceived threatening student and faculty behavior was challenging faculty knowledge or credibility. On 17 of 20 items, Baccalaureate nursing students perceived more disruptive faculty incivility than did Associate degree nursing students. The findings serve as an assessment of the state of affairs and a better understanding of student perceptions of student and faculty incivility. Findings may be used to address and manage incivility in nursing education by informing policy and practice. Suggestions for future research are presented.


Educational Leadership | Higher Education and Teaching | Nursing