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Nurse education
Incivility impacts on sense of belonging in undergraduate nursing students
  1. Vanessa Heaslip1,2,
  2. Gillian Crossthwaite1
  1. 1 Health and Society, University of Salford, Salford, UK
  2. 2 Social Science, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
  1. Correspondence to Professor Vanessa Heaslip, Health and Society, University of Salford, Salford, UK; v.a.heaslip{at}

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Commentary on: Patel SE, Chrisman M, Russell CL, Lasiter S, Bennett K, Pahls M. Cross-sectional study of the relationship between experiences of incivility from staff nurses and undergraduate nursing students’ sense of belonging to the nursing profession. Nurse Educ Pract. 2022 Jul;62:103320. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2022.103320. Epub 2022 Mar 7.

Implications for practice and research

  • Professional nursing bodies should provide guidelines promoting positive relationships and cases of incivility should be addressed through fitness to practice procedures.

  • Further research is required to examine different clinical placement models to identify those which best promote a sense of belonging in students.


There is a chronic international shortage of nurses and those in the profession are ageing. There is an increasing evidence of incivility within nursing defined as perception of verbal/nonverbal actions that demean, dismiss or exclude an individual resulting in psychosocial or psychological distress.1 Incivility within …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.