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Creating a Civil Community 

Creating a Civil Community
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Creating a Civil Community
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Mark Lazenby

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10.1093/med/9780199364541.003.0010
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date: 16 July 2018

Bullying, also known as horizontal workplace violence, is pervasive in the nursing community. The nursing community must respond by creating a civil community. A civil community is one in which community members explain their disagreements and have open conversations about them. Incivility communicates disrespect; civility, on the other hand, makes equal space for all people in the community. Individual nurses can make space for other nurses, who may be different from them and with whom they may disagree, by creating a community based on the belief of the equality of all. This is a civil community. A civil community among nurses creates even a larger space for a good society, in that it demonstrates a civil community to society at large.

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