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Cindy Clark Publishes Book on Creating and Sustaining Civility

Cindy Clark

A book written by Cynthia Clark, professor in the School of Nursing, has been published by Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing. “Creating & Sustaining Civility in Nursing Education” shares stories, positive examples 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.”

Clark 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 to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 130,000 members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s 486 chapters are located at 662 institutions of higher education throughout Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at