Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctorate of Education, Ed.D.


College of Education



First Advisor

Chad Becker, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Heather Miller, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Edward Kim, Ph.D.


Decreased self-confidence is seen in nursing students who experience nursing-faculty-to-nursing-student-incivility and in new-graduate-nurses during their transition to practice. Using a quantitative correlational design, I examined the relationship between nursing-faculty-to-nursing-student incivility and new-graduate-nurse self-confidence including the extent to which the relationship exists and whether the relationship existed for some groups more than others, specifically male and female nurses, and nurses who graduated from associate’s degree and Bachelor of Science programs. Through the surveys completed by 212 registered nurses who had been practicing less than three years, the participants reported on their experience with nursing-faculty-to-nursing-student incivility using the Perceived Faculty Incivility Scale and assessed their self-confidence in their own practice of nursing using the Generalized Self-Efficacy scale. In the data analysis using Pearson’s correlation coefficient and linear analysis, I found no statistically significant relationships between nursing-faculty-to-nursing-student incivility and new-graduate-nurse self-confidence in all cases except with registered nurses who graduated from Bachelor of Science programs. A statistically significant relationship between the two variables was found in new-graduate-nurses who earned a Bachelor of Science degree (r(1, 116) = -.351, p = .00). The sample included a larger number of male registered nurses than the general population which may have contributed to the findings. While limitations exist in this study, it is unlikely that these limitations affected the outcome of the study. The results of this study add to the literature and extend the conversation related to incivility in nursing.