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[August 28, 2014]

Kaplan Survey: Nearly Half of Recent Nursing School Graduates Are Concerned About Working in a Hostile Environment or Becoming Victims of Workplace Bullying

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--

For those entering the workforce, typical top-of-mind issues include opportunities for growth, benefits, and job security -- but nearly half of those entering the nursing profession voice another concern: being bullied by colleagues. According to a just-released Kaplan survey of over 2,000 nursing school graduates from the class of 2014, 48% say they are concerned about being the victims of workplace bullying or working in a hostile working environment.* The survey also found that 39% personally knew nurses who were victims of workplace bullying or a hostile working environment.

One widely cited study found that approximately 60% of nurses left their first nursing job within six months because of bullying issues or because of a hostile work environment.** And studies conducted over the past decade show there's a financial cost to this for medical providers, ranging from $22,000 to over $64,400 per turnover. (

"Workplace bullying is a disturbing dynamic in the nursing profession and our survey shows that nurses entering the workforce have a justifiable degree of anxiety about the issue," said Susan Sanders, DNP, RN, NEA-BC and vice president of nursing, Kaplan Test Prep. "What makes workplace bullying among nurses so appalling is that most who enter this profession do so because they care about the well-being of others and rightfully expect the atmosphere of caring to include peer-to-peer interactions. But unfortunately that's all too frequently not the case. Changing cultural norms within he nursing profession will require efforts from all parties: from nursing graduates, in treating their colleagues with respect and raising awareness by reporting incidents; from nursing leaders, in leading by example to foster supportive behaviors and promote a healthy work environment; from health care institutions, in setting zero tolerance disciplinary policies and empowering staff to report on issues without fear of retaliation; and from academic institutions, in preparing students with conflict management skills to address situations as they arise."

In fact, Kaplan's survey also found that 79% of nursing school graduates think nursing schools should provide workshops and special training about how to handle workplace bullying or a hostile working environment.

Kaplan is currently surveying nursing school and medical school administrators for additional insight on the issue. Results will be released later this year.

For more information about Kaplan's survey of nursing school graduates, contact Russell Schaffer at 212.453.7538 or

*The online survey was conducted in August 2014 of 2,012 nursing school graduates who prepared for the NCLEX-RN® exam with Kaplan.

**American Nurse Today, "Break the bullying cycle," by Terri Townsend, MA, RN, CCRN, CVRN. January 2012.

The NCLEX-RN® is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.

About Kaplan Test Prep

Kaplan Test Prep ( is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in the test prep industry. With a comprehensive menu of online offerings as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 90 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services. Additionally, Kaplan operates new economy skills training (NEST) bootcamps designed to provide immersive training in skills that are in high demand in today's job market and prepare participants for hire.

Note to editors: Kaplan is a subsidiary of The Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC)

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