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bullying, nursing education, nursing faculty, phenomenological, resilience



  1. Wieland, Diane PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE
  2. Beitz, Janice M. PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, MAPWCA, FAAN


While social bullying, negative workplace behaviors, and incivility are receiving scholarly attention, no research study could be identified targeting resilience to social bullying in nursing programs. This article describes a phenomenological study that investigated resilience to social bullying. Seventeen self-identified bullied nurse faculty were audiotaped. Colaizzi's method guided data analysis. Multiple themes reflected 3 chronologic periods: during bullying, decisional phase, and after bullying. Implications for the health and well-being of nursing faculty are posed.