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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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First Advisor

Cynthia Jacelon

Second Advisor

Genevieve Chandler

Third Advisor

Daniel Gerber


Nurse peer relationships are the phenomenon of interest for this study. What is currently known about these complex relationships is fragmented rather than holistic. Behavioral expectations regarding teamwork and social support are among the explicit components of nurse peer relationships. But most of the publications on this topic are focused on an implicit phenomenon, nurse peer aggression. This is likely because of the long-standing, widespread negative impact of the ironic problem of nurses (society’s professional caregivers) bullying each other, particularly on nurses and their patients. Despite decades of research, little progress has been shown in reducing the confusing and destructive phenomenon of nurse peer aggression. Interestingly, studies have identified several positive aspects of nurse peer relationships that contrast with the negativity of nurse peer aggression and portray the confounding complexity of the nurse peer relationship. The holistic meaning of the nurse peer relationship to nurses is explored through this study.