Men entering nursing: Has anything changed?

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  • Additional Information
    • Affiliation:
      Principal Lecturer, Ara Institute of Canterbury/Senior Lecturer, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
      Senior Lecturer, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
      Lecturer, Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
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    • Abstract:
      Since the 1950s there has been an increased acceptance of women's entry into occupations long associated with men, but a corresponding movement of men into 'female' occupations is not evident. Two persistent gender-based discourses impacting on nursing have been discussed at length in the literature as obstacles to men undertaking nursing: its construction as women's work and the stereotyping of men who are nurses as homosexual. The aim of this study was to describe male nursing students' understanding of the gender stereotypes associated with nursing. A qualitative descriptive methodology was used where semi-structured interviews with eight men enrolled in a graduate entry nursing programme were undertaken and thematic analysis conducted. Key findings reveal that participants identified two predominant gender scripts: nursing as women's work and the stereotyping of men who are nurses as homosexual. Two associated themes also evident were being disquieted by stereotypes that negatively characterise their career choice and resistance through non-subscription to the script of normative masculinity. Individual men demonstrate ambivalence or resistance to hegemonic masculinity and actively engage in 'undoing' gender. However, the same barriers to men's engagement in nursing, identified and discussed since the 1960s, remain potent. Research into and evaluation of societal change strategies are now required if the barriers imposed by gender stereotyping of nursing are to be dismantled.
    • Journal Subset:
      Australia & New Zealand; Blind Peer Reviewed; Core Nursing; Double Blind Peer Reviewed; Editorial Board Reviewed; Expert Peer Reviewed; Nursing; Peer Reviewed
    • ISSN:
      0112-7438
    • MEDLINE Info:
      NLM UID: 9212162
    • Publication Date:
      20190805
    • Publication Date:
      20190819
    • Accession Number:
      137860405
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      JAMIESON, I. et al. Men entering nursing: Has anything changed? Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, [s. l.], v. 35, n. 2, p. 18–29, 2019. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=137860405&custid=s6224580. Acesso em: 5 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Jamieson I, Harding T, Withington J, Hudson D. Men entering nursing: Has anything changed? Nursing Praxis in New Zealand. 2019;35(2):18-29. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=137860405&custid=s6224580. Accessed December 5, 2019.
    • APA:
      Jamieson, I., Harding, T., Withington, J., & Hudson, D. (2019). Men entering nursing: Has anything changed? Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 35(2), 18–29. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=137860405&custid=s6224580
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Jamieson, Isabel, Thomas Harding, John Withington, and Dianne Hudson. 2019. “Men Entering Nursing: Has Anything Changed?” Nursing Praxis in New Zealand 35 (2): 18–29. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=137860405&custid=s6224580.
    • Harvard:
      Jamieson, I. et al. (2019) ‘Men entering nursing: Has anything changed?’, Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 35(2), pp. 18–29. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=137860405&custid=s6224580 (Accessed: 5 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Jamieson, I, Harding, T, Withington, J & Hudson, D 2019, ‘Men entering nursing: Has anything changed?’, Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 18–29, viewed 5 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Jamieson, Isabel, et al. “Men Entering Nursing: Has Anything Changed?” Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, vol. 35, no. 2, July 2019, pp. 18–29. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=137860405&custid=s6224580.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Jamieson, Isabel, Thomas Harding, John Withington, and Dianne Hudson. “Men Entering Nursing: Has Anything Changed?” Nursing Praxis in New Zealand 35, no. 2 (July 2019): 18–29. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=137860405&custid=s6224580.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Jamieson I, Harding T, Withington J, Hudson D. Men entering nursing: Has anything changed? Nursing Praxis in New Zealand [Internet]. 2019 Jul [cited 2019 Dec 5];35(2):18–29. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=137860405&custid=s6224580