Candace Chihak | RN–BSN Program Director

Candice Chihak

Q&A with Candace Chihak, assistant professor and RN–BSN program director.

MMU: I understand you presented at the Nuts and Bolts conference in August 2018, how did you become involved with this conference?

CC: I have attended this conference for Nurse Educators in the past and saw that they were seeking poster presentations proposals, so I submitted what I had been working on in my doctorate program and was accepted.

MMU: Can you give a quick synopsis of your presentation? What were you hoping conference attendees would walk away with?

CC: My presentation was on Faculty to Faculty Incivility within Nursing Education.  My goal was to raise awareness of the phenomena in an effort to address the concern within the profession.

MMU: How did you become interested in this topic? Where does your passion for the subject come from?

CC: I first came across this phenomena at another conference, when I was early in my doctorate program and looking for ideas on what I would research.  I met another nurse educator who is one of the experts in this area and became more intrigued with the idea after talking with her.

MMU: How does your research or work outside of MMU inform what you teach in the classroom? In what ways do students benefit?

CC: I think the biggest way that students benefit from this research is raising awareness of the concern with other nursing faculty.  Incivility within the nursing profession is well known and researched and this look upstream at where some of this behavior might originate is important to addressing the concern within the broader profession. 

MMU:  Was there an idea or bit of research you learned during the conference and found especially interesting? What did you walk away with?

CC: The biggest thing I took away from this research was the logistics of how to do research right, and learned from the many things I initially did wrong.  The biggest thing I learned from the conference was how widespread the phenomena was across nursing programs nationwide, and the passion of the nurse educators to want to address and fix the problem. The nurse educators are looking for resources and interventions that will combat the issue.