Student nurses' gender-based accounts of men in nursing

Andy McKinlay, Sue Cowan, Chris McVittie, Robin Ion

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    Abstract

    Stereotypes of nursing as a female profession and of male nurses as gay can limit male recruitment. This UK-based focus-group study examines whether student nurses reproduce or challenge such views. Using discourse analysis, discussion transcript segments dealing with male nurses’ gender or sexuality were examined for turn design, sequential organization, and procedural relevance. Results showed participants characterized such stereotypical constructions of male nurses as held only by other people. They themselves, however, used gender-based distinctions to problematic male nursing. These findings indicate nursing students would benefit from training which emphasizes the positioning of men and women within society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)345-349
    Number of pages5
    JournalProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Volume5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • Male nurses
    • Identity
    • Discourse analysis
    • Gender
    • Occupation
    • Prejudice

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