Predictors of nurses’ experience of verbal abuse by nurse colleagues

Ronald Keller, Barbara Krainovich-Miller, Wendy Budin, Maja Djukic

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Background: Between 45% and 94% of registered nurses (RNs) experience verbal abuse, which is associated with physical and psychological harm. Although several studies examined predictors of RNs’ verbal abuse, none examined predictors of RNs’ experiences of verbal abuse by RN colleagues. Purpose: To examine individual, workplace, dispositional, contextual, and interpersonal predictors of RNs’ reported experiences of verbal abuse from RN colleagues. Methods: In this secondary analysis, a cross-sectional design with multiple linear regression analysis was used to examine the effect of 23 predictors on verbal abuse by RN colleagues in a sample of 1,208 early career RNs. Finding: Selected variables in the empirical intragroup conflict model explained 23.8% of variance in RNs’ experiences of verbal abuse by RN colleagues. Conclusion: A number of previously unstudied factors were identified that organizational leaders can monitor and develop or modify policies to prevent early career RNs’ experiences of verbal abuse by RN colleagues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-203
Number of pages14
JournalNursing outlook
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018



  • Bullying
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Nursing
  • Verbal abuse
  • Work environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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