Nursing — Full-time
Christina  Purpora

Christina Purpora, RN, PhD

Assistant Professor

A hospital nurse for more than 30 years, Dr. Purpora's clinical expertise is in medical-surgical and adult critical care nursing. Having practiced mostly as a staff nurse and then as a clinical nurse educator, her passion is studying the consequences of workplace incivility, horizontal violence, and workplace bullying and ways to address this complex issue considered a major problem in hospitals.


Ph.D. (Nursing) - University of California, San Francisco
MSN (Nursing Education focus) - University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT
BSN - Regis University, Denver, CO
ADN - Ventura College, Ventura, CA
Diploma - Thompson School for Practical Nurses, Brattleboro, VT

Administrative Appointments

Member, Faculty Development Committee
Member, Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects

Research Areas

Horizontal Violence and other similar concepts including Bullying and Incivility
Peer Relationships and Peer Communication
Acute Care/Hospital Nursing
Student Nurses
Staff Nurses

Courses Offered
  • Nursing Fundamentals
  • Applied Assessment
Purpora, C. (2014). Horizontal violence and workplace bullying: A five-step action plan for nurses. Submitted for publication.
Purpora, C., & Blegen, M.A. (2014). Job satisfaction and horizontal violence in hospital staff registered nurses: The mediating role of peer relationships. Submitted for publication.
Purpora, C., Blegen, M.A., & Stotts, N.A. (2013, accepted for publication). Hospital staff registered nurses' perception of horizontal violence, peer relationships, and the quality and safety of patient care. WORK.
Purpora, C.
, Blegen, M.A., & Stotts, N.A. (2012). Horizontal violence between hospital staff nurses related to oppressed self or oppressed group. Journal of Professional Nursing, 28, 306-314. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2012.01.001
Purpora, C., & Blegen, M.A. (2012). Horizontal violence and the quality and safety of patient care: A conceptual model. Nursing Research and Practice, 2012, 5 pages. doi:10.1155/2012/306948.
Purpora, C., & Davison-Price, M. (2008). How to trade an editor's red pen for a peer editor's compassion. In K.T. Heinrich, A nurse's guide to presenting and publishing: Dare to Share (pp. 372-377). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
Purpora, C. (2005). Nurse vs nurse: Understanding horizontal violence. LPN 2005, 1(16), 32-36.