Nurse Educator M.S.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Meyer, Kimberley


Background: The existence and prevalence of workplace bullying and negative work environments may not only have detrimental effects on nurses as individuals, especially new graduate nurses, but also on patient care and safety as well as the health care organization as a whole. Purpose: To provide an examination of strategies that focus on the creation of an empowering work environment that seeks to lessen workplace bullying and increase the retention of new graduate nurses within the profession. Results: Empowering work environments that emphasize zero tolerance of bullying behaviors, the provision of educational experiences and access to information, resources, and support, as well as the use of mentors and preceptors during the new graduate orientation lead to the positive experiences of novice nurses. Conclusion: Empowering work environments allow for the new graduate nurse to build confidence in the development of nursing skills and critical thinking abilities, which ultimately leads to being able to provide quality care to others and retention of nurses within the profession decreasing the shortage that has come to fruition in recent years. Implications for Research and Practice: Educational institutions have a duty to prepare nursing students on how to handle the cultural and social aspects of nursing and appropriate ways to combat negative behaviors that may be experienced. Nurse managers must be aware of prevalence of workplace bullying and implement solutions to reduce and eliminate negativity and nurse executives are vital to the creation of quality orientation and preceptor programs for new hires. Keywords: new graduate nurse, bullying in the workplace, empowering environments.

Degree Name

M.S. Nurse Educator

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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Nursing Commons