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Eta Omega Honors Society

Research Grant Recipients

2010 Awardee

Shellie Simons, Ph.D., RN
Assistant Professor

Shellie Simons received her Bachelor's degree from State University of New York at Plattsburgh and a Master's degree in medical surgical nursing from Boston University. In 2006, she earned a Ph.D. in nursing from University of Massachusetts Boston.

Shellie began her nursing care as a staff nurse on a medical-surgical unit. Several years later, she left the hospital setting and started teaching, first at the associate degree level and then at the baccalaureate level.  After receiving the Ph.D., she began teaching at University of Massachusetts Lowell. Currently, she teaches senior level medical-surgical nursing.

She became interested in bullying and lateral violence while completing an internship with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing. At that time, she completed a survey of 2200 graduating nursing students. The purpose of the study was to determine what graduating students were looking for in their first professional jobs. The item that was most important to these students was that "the people they worked with would be nice to them."

This surprising finding spurred Shellie to begin her investigation into workplace hostility and discovered that most of what was written was anecdotal and not research based. This led her to her dissertation topic of Workplace bullying and the relationship to intention to leave the organization.

Currently, Shellie is conducting a qualitative study of nurses who have experienced lateral violence and bullying in order to formulate and test an intervention to deal with this pervasive phenomenon.