Call to Action: Strategies to Address Gender-Associated Incivility in Nursing Education

Call to Action: Strategies to Address Gender-Associated Incivility in Nursing Education

This presentation will review current literature pertaining to gender-associated incivility in nursing education within the classroom, on-line platforms, and within the clinical setting. Specific issues, barriers, and challenges encountered by male nursing students while enrolled in a pre-licensure nursing education program will be discussed. Through these discussions, strategies that may be used by educators to minimize issues, barriers, and challenges experienced by male nursing students will be shared with attendees. Finally, open conversations with attendees will be used to identify any additional strategies that may be implemented to both prevent as well as address gender-associated incivility in nursing education and practice environments.


Benjamin Smallheer, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, CCRN, CNE

Dr. Smallheer is the Lead Faculty for the AG-ACNP program at Duke University. He obtained his BSN from Florida State University in 1998, his MSN specializing as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from Vanderbilt University in 2004, his PhD from Vanderbilt University in 2011, and his post-graduate FNP from Tennessee State University in 2016. He actively practices with the Critical Care Medicine team Duke Raleigh Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. His scholarly work focuses on increasing the learning experiences of students through simulation, innovative embedded technology, and gender-based incivility in the academic environment.

Brett Morgan, CRNA, DNP

Brett Morgan, DNP, CRNA is the Senior Director of Education and Practice at the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). In this role he oversees clinical support and professional development initiatives of the association in support of its nearly 60,000 members. He is also the Lead Nurse Planner for the AANA. Prior to this role, Dr. Morgan was the Director of the Nurse Anesthesia DNP Program at Duke University.

Stephanie A. Gedzyk-Nieman, DNP MSN RNC-MNN

Dr. Stephanie A. Gedzyk-Nieman DNP, RNC-MNN is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Duke University School of Nursing with a specialty certification in Maternal-Newborn Nursing and a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Healthcare Ally designation from The Ohio State University. Prior to her arrival at Duke in July 2020, Dr. Gedzyk-Nieman was an Associate Professor at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. There she taught both theory and clinical for the Childbearing Families course, as well as Professional Development, Role Transition, and Evidenced-Based Practice to baccalaureate and accelerated baccalaureate students. Furthermore, she was a sought-after preceptor for students in the Chicagoland area pursuing an MSN in Nursing Education. Dr. Gedzyk-Nieman’s scholarship and research interests include diversity, equity, and inclusion in the nursing profession, nursing education, and patient care. In addition to peer-reviewed publications, she has been invited to speak about these topics at national and international conferences. Her work on attitudes of acceptance of male nurses among female nurses was also a finalist for the 2018 Excellence in Educational Research Award at Sigma’s International Nursing Congress in Sydney, Australia. Additionally, Dr. Gedzyk-Nieman is one of the faculty advisors for the Duke Chapter of the American Association for Men in Nursing (DAAMN) and serves on American Association for Men in Nursing’s Foundation Board. Moreover, she has collaborated with Rush-Copley Medical Center in their development of a nurse restoration space and the Illinois Nursing Workforce Center/Illinois Board of Nursing to complete the analysis and summary of nursing school data for the state from 2011-2015.

Margie Molloy, DNP,RN, CNE, CHSE

Margory “Margie” Molloy, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE is an Associate Professor and Assistant Director of the Center for Interprofessional Education and Care at the Duke University. Dr. Molloy represents the nursing arm of the interprofessional team and is actively involved in developing interprofessional collaborative experiences that focus on patient safety, effective teamwork, and communication. Dr. Molloy’s work with innovative use of telepresence robots for distance-based education has garnered local and national media coverage. Dr. Molloy led her team in the simulation lab to a successful accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in the Teaching/Education Standard.