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An examination of envy and jealousy in nursing academia


Cleary, M and Walter, G and Halcomb, E and Lopez, V, An examination of envy and jealousy in nursing academia, Nurse Researcher, 23, (6) pp. 14-19. ISSN 1351-5578 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.7748/nr.2016.e1405


Aim: To discuss envy and jealousy and how their positive and negative aspects among nurse academics affect the workplace.

Background: In nursing academia, jealousy and envy are common emotions, engendered by demands for high productivity, intense competition for limited resources, preferences for particular assignments and opportunities for promotions. When these feelings are moderate and part of everyday rivalry, competition and ambition benefit the organisation. However, jealousy and envy can have serious consequences including damaged relationships and communication, and the undermining of colleagues’ performance.

Discussion: Strategies are recommended to provide opportunities for self-reflection and consideration of how the workplace affects nursing academics’ wellbeing and professional performance.

Conclusion: Jealousy and envy can be damaging emotions in the workplace. The embittered, hostile person can undermine and damage relationships, disrupt teams and communication, and undermine organisational performance. Discussing the positive and negative effects of envy and jealousy provides an opportunity for nursing academics to self-reflect and to consider others and their own personal and professional performance.

Implications for practice: Understanding how jealousy and envy impact on the work environment, workplace relationships and individual/team performance is important especially for early career and seasoned nursing academics alike.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:careers, envy, jealousy, nurse researcher, nursing academia, promotion, research, workplace
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:110231
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-07-21
Last Modified:2017-12-14

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