Project Title

Nursing Students, Bullying, and Burnout: a Study on Bullying by Medical Staff Members Against Nursing Students in the Clinical Setting and Its Relation to Nursing Student Burnout

Author Names

Kihley BellamyFollow

Authors' Affiliations

Kihley A. Bellamy, College of Nursing/Honors College, East Tennessee State University

Location

Culp Room 217

Start Date

4-6-2022 11:45 AM

End Date

4-6-2022 12:00 PM

Faculty Sponsor’s Department

Nursing

Name of Project's Faculty Sponsor

Angela Flemmer

Classification of First Author

Undergraduate Student

Competition Type

Non-Competitive

Type

Boland Symposium

Project's Category

Other Healthcare

Abstract or Artist's Statement

The present study investigated the existence of bullying by medical staff members in the clinical setting as experienced by nursing students, the existence of burnout among these students, and if such students perceive feelings of burnout as directly related to experiences of bullying. Undergraduate main campus traditional Bachelor of Science in nursing students at East Tennessee State University in their second, third, fourth, or fifth semesters of a five-semester nursing curriculum were invited to participate in the study. Participants (n=52) were required to complete an online survey that regarded bullying, burnout, and how participants perceive the relation between the two variables. The study shows that over half of participants had experienced at least one bullying instance in the clinical setting. Furthermore, over half of participants reported they had used the term “burnt out” to describe their feelings toward their nursing education more than seven times and reported a decreased desire to continue their nursing education at least some of the time. Over half of participants reported that their feelings of burnout were directly caused by experiences of bullying at least some of the time. This study shows a significant existence of both bullying and burnout among nursing students at ETSU and that most nursing students sense bullying as a cause of burnout at least some of the time.

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Nursing Students, Bullying, and Burnout: a Study on Bullying by Medical Staff Members Against Nursing Students in the Clinical Setting and Its Relation to Nursing Student Burnout

Culp Room 217

The present study investigated the existence of bullying by medical staff members in the clinical setting as experienced by nursing students, the existence of burnout among these students, and if such students perceive feelings of burnout as directly related to experiences of bullying. Undergraduate main campus traditional Bachelor of Science in nursing students at East Tennessee State University in their second, third, fourth, or fifth semesters of a five-semester nursing curriculum were invited to participate in the study. Participants (n=52) were required to complete an online survey that regarded bullying, burnout, and how participants perceive the relation between the two variables. The study shows that over half of participants had experienced at least one bullying instance in the clinical setting. Furthermore, over half of participants reported they had used the term “burnt out” to describe their feelings toward their nursing education more than seven times and reported a decreased desire to continue their nursing education at least some of the time. Over half of participants reported that their feelings of burnout were directly caused by experiences of bullying at least some of the time. This study shows a significant existence of both bullying and burnout among nursing students at ETSU and that most nursing students sense bullying as a cause of burnout at least some of the time.