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Background: A culture of civility in nursing education is crucial for a healthy learning environment to thrive. This study is the first of its kind in this field. It sought to empower student researchers to learn the qualitative research process, while utilizing student-led interviews. Objectives: This study sought to understand the lived experiences of nursing students, and learn if using student-led interviews increased the authenticity of participant responses. Methods: This ethnographic qualitative study took place over a 10-week period. The study had two arms, with one arm focusing on the classroom setting while the other studied the clinical setting. This project focuses on the classroom arm. Both arms utilized the SAMMSA method to analyze one data unit, for a total of two data units. Results: The synthesis of the themes found in both units found three themes: (1) The role of the instructor is to lead student learning. (2) Students will use real world experiences to define civility unless it is taught in the nursing curriculum. (3) Students desire their instructors to value them as individuals capable of becoming competent nurses. Conclusion: The role of civility in nursing education is crucial. Both students and faculty should have a voice in the civility discussion. The use of student researchers in this study allowed for both voices to be present in the research process. Further research with student researchers and larger data units would be beneficial.


Research and Creative Experience for Undergraduates (RCEU)

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College of Nursing


Tamela Shults

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civility, classroom setting, student-led interview, nursing school, SAMMSA

Civility as a Nursing Concept in the Classroom Setting



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