Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2008

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Ruth Enestvedt


Despite a plethora of literature on the potentially devastating effects of bullying, the behavior continues among professional nurses. Nurses who engage in the behavior jeopardize the nursing profession because of the negative impact bullying has on recruitment and retention. Bullying behavior is unprofessional, unethical and compromises patient safety. The purpose of this graduate field project was to design a learning module for senior undergraduate nursing students focused on bullying. New graduates are vulnerable to bullying behavior. The knowledge and skills acquired from the module enable undergraduate students to recognize and respond appropriately to bullying when it occurs and improves nurse retention by supporting a healthy work environment. Educational content within the learning module is based on Hildegard Peplau's Theory of Interpersonal Relationships. Peplau, a victim of nursing bullying herself, identified six roles that emerge during a nurse-patient relationship. These roles have been adapted for application to the nurse-nurse relationship to counteract bullying and promote optimal team functioning.


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Included in

Nursing Commons