Nursing — Full-time
Christina  Purpora

Christina Purpora, RN, PhD

Assistant Professor

Christina Purpora is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP) at the University of San Francisco (USF). Her primary areas of teaching are applied assessment and nursing fundamentals in the traditional undergraduate nursing program.

Dr. Purpora joined the SONHP faculty in 2011. She serves as co-chair of the School’s Faculty Development Committee and as a member of USF’s Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects and for the Center for Teaching Excellence. Regionally, she serves as Governance Chair for the Beta Gamma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Nationally, she serves as a steering committee member on the American Nurses Association’s Professional Issues Panel for Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence.

Her professional experience includes working in hospitals as a staff nurse for 21 years and a clinical nurse educator for nine. Her clinical expertise is in medical-surgical and adult critical care nursing.

She regularly presents educational programs on incivility, workplace bullying, and horizontal violence at conferences and in academic and hospital settings.  

A life-long learner, she holds a diploma in Practical (Vocational) Nursing from Thompson School for Practical Nurses in Brattleboro, Vermont (1978) and  several degrees in nursing: an Associate in Science from Ventura College, Ventura, California (1991), a Bachelor of Science from Regis University in Denver, Colorado (1995), a Master of Science (nursing education focus) from the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut (2005), and a Ph.D from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) (2010). Currently, she is in Post-Doctoral Special Studies at UCSF.

Her research focuses on incivility, bullying, and horizontal violence in the healthcare work environment. She has presented her work at conferences and published in peer reviewed journals internationally.

Purpora, C., Cooper, A., & Sharifi, C. (2015, accepted for publication). The prevalence and effect of nurses' perceived exposure to workplace bullying on nurse, patient, organization, and nursing-related outcomes in clinical settings: A quantitative systematic review protocol. The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. 
Purpora, C. (2015, accepted for publication). Facing a peer's disrespectful words and actions: One nurse's story. Nursing 2015.
Purpora, C., & Blegen, M.A. (2015). Job satisfaction and horizontal violence in hospital staff registered nurses: The mediating role of peer relationships. Journal of Clinical Nursing.doi: 10.1111/jocn.12818.
Purpora, C., Blegen, M.A., & Stotts, N.A. (2014). Hospital staff registered nurses' perception of horizontal violence, peer relationships, and the quality and safety of patient care. WORK: Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation. doi: 10.3233/WOR-141892.
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.