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Incivility and nursing academia: fouling the proverbial nest

Anderson, J, Kornhaber, R ORCID: 0000-0001-6556-6775, West, S and Cleary, M 2022 , 'Incivility and nursing academia: fouling the proverbial nest' , Issues in Mental Health Nursing , pp. 1-4 , doi: 10.1080/01612840.2021.2023715.

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“It’s too much to expect in an academic setting that we should all agree, but it’s not too much to expect discipline and unvarying civility.” – John Howard, former Australian Prime Minister Civility is one of those words that rings of a bygone era. It is relegated to that vocabularic archive, along with words such as ‘cravat’ and ‘whence’. Yet the very notion of civility, if not the actual use of the word in modern vernacular, is still very much applicable to present day conduct and still a central component of productive working relationships. In the reverse, incivility or uncivil behaviour run contrary to such productive relationships and promote discord and workplace disharmony. Uncivil behaviour includes rudeness, taunting, being unapproachable, rejecting the opinions or challenging the credibility of others, harassing, or keeping people waiting (Anthony & Yastik, 2011; Authement, 2016; Cleary & Horsfall, 2010). Overt aggression and threats are obvious and thereby more easily rejected, but less overt behaviors are more open to interpretation and may be perceived as being acceptable by others or simply ignored, particularly in different contexts (Clark, 2008). Incivility encompasses inappropriate communication and a basic lack of respect and regard for others in general (Eka et al., 2016).

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Anderson, J and Kornhaber, R and West, S and Cleary, M
Keywords: incivility and nursing, academia
Journal or Publication Title: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISSN: 0161-2840
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/01612840.2021.2023715
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