Horizontal Violence Among Nursing Students in the Clinical Setting

Caitlin Barber, Ryan Dague, Tatum McLaughlin, Emily Mullen, Julia Scott


In hopes of bringing awareness to the issue of how nursing students are being treated in their clinical rotations, a survey was presented to all levels of nursing students in a specific public university. These levels include all four semesters of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN), the Masters of Nursing degree (MSN), and the Doctorate of Nursing degree (DNP) at Georgia Southern University (GSU). Participants were given various examples of how horizontal violence can present itself and were asked to respond with “never, rarely, sometimes, often, or always.” Results concluded that students were faced with the greatest amount of violence in their medical surgical rotation, the level of education did not have an impact on the amount or prevalence of violence that occurred, and the number one way horizontal violence presents itself is through “witnessing a nurse gossiping or complaining about other nurses or students.” Through various forms of research and input from the participants, the surveyors conclude that education and awareness to the issue is the key to bringing about change. Once awareness and education are implemented, the nursing leadership, such as the charge nurse position, must commission consequences and motives in order to hold nurses accountable for the way they treat and teach students.


Horizontal Violence; Nursing Students

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