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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Committee Chair

Janie Carlton


The prevalence of horizontal violence in nursing has been well documented in the past 20 years. Recently the focus of the literature has been on developing strategies to prevent horizontal violence from occurring. The purpose of this exploratory descriptive study was to ascertain how Registered Nurses at one rural North Carolina hospital experienced and perceived horizontal violence. A "zero" tolerance policy was in place at the time of the study. The Nursing 2011 horizontal violence survey was used to examine a convenience sample of 40 nurses in this facility. The subjects were employed in seven different units throughout the hospital. While there were nurses personally affected by the violence, the majority reported never or only a few times in answer to the questions about this subject. Overall, approximately 67% of the nurses surveyed witnessed or experienced horizontal violence while on the job. This substantial finding reinforces research literature that identifies horizontal violence persistence in nursing as being related to existing workplace cultures.

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