Incivility in the profession equates to a negative impact on nursing satisfaction. Uncivil behavior has been shown to cause nurses to experience post-traumatic stress disorder and symptoms such as low self-esteem, anxiety, sleep disturbance, recurrent nightmares, and depression (Blair, 2013). Several studies have revealed that decreased job satisfaction and increased job turnover occur most often when nurses have experienced incivility from a supervisor with co-worker incivility being the next most common cause of dissatisfaction (Lieter, Price, Spence-Laschinger, 2010; Spence-Laschinger, Leiter, Day, & Gilin 2009; Vessey, Demarco, Gaffney, & Budin, 2009). Job turnover related to incivility is expensive and counterproductive to an organization. Hutton and Gates (2008) revealed the mean cost per person from decreased productivity was $1484.03 for a registered nurse, with an estimated cost based on the study sample to be $264,847.34. Lewis & Malecha (2011) reported that the cost of lost productivity as a result of workplace incivility was found to be $11581.00 per nurse per year with almost 85% reporting that they had experienced incivility in the workplace within the last year.
Research to date has focused on nurses in general with little research examining incivility among nurses who work in operating rooms (OR). Therefore, the purpose of this study is to examine the perception of incivility among nurses who work in OR. This is a descriptive study that will be using the Nursing Incivility Scale (Guidroz, A., Burnfield-Geimer, J., Clark, O., Schwetschenau, H., & Jex, S., 2010) to survey operating room nurses. The surveys will be completed online and participants will complete these surveys anonymously. The survey will collect demographic and incivility data.This study is currently in process with survey results pending but data will be available for distribution by the conference date.