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Rachael McLaughlin, Director
Marketing and Communications
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
New book aims to prevent incivility in nursing education
from transitioning to practice
STTI publishes Creating & Sustaining Civility in Nursing Education
INDIANAPOLIS – Incivility in American society is on the rise, and rude and disruptive behavior is increasing in institutions of higher learning. In nursing and other health-related disciplines, the risk assumed by not addressing uncivil behavior reaches well beyond the college campus, and can negatively impact individuals, teams, and organizations. Nurses in academic and clinical settings are eager to reverse this troubling trend by gaining a better understanding of incivility, the research that explores this phenomenon, and evidence-based strategies to address the problem.
Creating & Sustaining Civility in Nursing Education, published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), is written by an author and lecturer internationally known for her work in academic civility. Cynthia “Cindy” Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN shares stories, exemplars, and tools to keep the problem of incivility in nursing education from spiraling into aggression and jeopardizing the learning and practice environment.
The first known book to directly and comprehensively address the myriad dimensions of incivility in nursing education, Creating & Sustaining Civility in Nursing Education features original research based on polling questions, stories, and empirical evidence to provide an overview of academic incivility. The book describes a wide range of evidence-based strategies to recognize, prevent, and address incivility in nursing education and transition to practice.
“A book on civility in nursing like this one is long overdue,” said Dr. Marion E. Broome, dean and distinguished professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing and editor of Nursing Outlook. “Clark’s book is a treasure trove of both anecdotal and research evidence that tells the story of incivility and its impact on all of us; it will clearly capture the attention of students. The toolkits, self-assessments, and reflection activities will assist faculty in helping students integrate this content in a meaningful and sustainable way.”
Purchase the book at
Creating & Sustaining Civility in Nursing Education
By Cynthia “Cindy” Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
ISBN-13: 9781-937554-54-5
Price: US $34.95
Trade paperback, 244 pages
Trim size: 6 X 9
Available at
About the author
Cynthia “Cindy” Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, is a professor in the School of Nursing at Boise State University and an internationally known lecturer and author specializing in academic civility. She serves as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a fellow in the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education. Clark is the recipient of the 2011 NLN Excellence in Educational Research Award in recognition of her visionary leadership and pioneering work in fostering civility in the nursing community.  
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at
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