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8th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 17-19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA

October 17 -19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA
NWC 2023

Michele Lucille Lopez

Speaker at Nursing Conference - Michele Lucille Lopez
Pace University, United States
Title : Nursing student perceptions of incivility in academia


Nursing is a trusted and noble profession. However, nurses are not consistently humane with each other. Incivility in nursing has longstanding roots in the literature- "Nurses eat their young."  The culture of aggression may originate in nursing academia. Nursing student perceptions in academia was studied using the INE-R survey. Student age and health care experience were variables explored to determine if any correlations exist to perceptions of incivility. The data did not reveal any significant correlations when students in a community college setting were surveyed. However, the study found role modeling behavior and civility was a significant strategy suggested for improving civility in academia.

Audience Take Away Notes:

  • Identify and describe student perceptions of incivility in academia
  • Evaluate the data collected from the research study in relation to student age and health care experience and the correlation to perceptions of incivility.
  • Discuss behaviors and actions deemed uncivil and identify consequences for incivility in academia
  • Recognize the importance of role modeling behavior and civility


Michele Lopez is a life-long health education practitioner and learner, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pace University and a Master of Arts in Nursing Administration, Leadership and Organization from Columbia University, Teacher’s College and a Doctorate of Health Education from A.T. Still University, College of Graduate Health Studies. Michele has completed research on incivility and bullying in nursing academia. Michele has been a nurse educator for more than 19 years, teaching LPN, ADN-RN, BS-RN and graduate degree nursing programs in traditional classroom settings and online environments, clinical, and nursing labs. In addition to her years spent as an educator, she has 28 years nursing experience in various specialty areas including mental health nursing, medical surgical nursing, pediatrics, and home health care. Michele has completed course work or holds certificates for clinical simulator education, diabetes management, and nurse education. She has received work study grants for curriculum development, medical math, and infection control. Michele has helped many students succeed in nursing programs. She has dedicated her career to sharing her learning experiences with others. She is a trained member of the LGBTQ Ally program, and a trained Stephens Minister. Michele serves as a mentor to new teachers and graduate students, and is a graduate of Pace University’s Come Teach with Us Academy for math and science. Michele has developed and delivered review courses for NCLEX certificate and license exam preparation. She has been called upon to review content material for nursing and health textbooks. Michele was also selected from a group of nurse educators by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) to perform NCLEX exam item writing. Michele is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Pace University, and serves in the Medical Reserve Corp.