Cunningham, Christopher J. L.
Black, Kristen Jennings, 1991-; O'Leary, Brian J.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The prevalence of sexual harassment (SH) in health care facilities has been documented in previous research, but few studies have focused on Certified Nursing assistants (CNA; Burgess et al., 2018; Dean, 2020; Deery et al., 2011; Hibino et al., 2006). The purpose of this study is to explore SH that CNA experience from their patients and what influence supervising nurses may have in impacting the negative outcomes of SH. Participants (N = 95) were recruited to take an online survey through social media and snowball recruiting. The hypotheses of this study were not supported by the data, but results may be limited due to sample-related limitations. A significant finding of this study was that 64% of participants reported experiencing SH within the last 12 months from a patient. Significant correlations were found with negative affect and reporting SH. Organizational implications are discussed related to promoting awareness, policy improvement, and simplifying the reporting process.
I would like to dedicate this project to Braden Sanford and Jaclynn Whiting, whose work ethics never fail to inspire me and whose friendships have been an immeasurable source of support. Further, I can not say enough thanks to Dr. Chris Cunningham and Dr. Alexandra Zelin, who helped me bring this project to life and completion. Thank you for your wise mentorship and unwavering support. You have both challenged me past what I thought I could do and I am grateful for all I have learned from you.
B. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science.
Sexual harassment; Medical personnel and patient--Sexual behavior; Nurses' aides
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Pennington, Audrey, "Sexual harassment in an overlooked occupation: experiences of CNA and the influence of nurses" (2022). Honors Theses.