Gender Issues in the Nursing Profession

2023 WordsJan 9, 20188 Pages
Introduction - Male nurses make up about 9% of nursing students in both Canada and the United States. Whilst, on the one hand, the circumstance of male nurses seems to be growing, on the other hand, it is not growing too rapidly and, at the same time, attrition is taking place so that more male nurses are leaving the nursing field that are entering it (Stott, 2007). This is astonishing particularly given the fact that males who enter nursing are given more opportunity than females and open to lucrative payment. It is furthermore surprising given that other fields, such as medicine and engineering have largely closed ranks in regards to the gap between male and female workers (Davis and Bartfay, 2001). Part of the problem, however, may be the gendered environment that is part of the nursing field and that discomfits males and induces them to leave. In fact, evidence does indicate that the training environment is largely slanted to that of females and that males continue to be outsiders in both a demographic and cultural manner in nursing institutions. It is this, and the effects, that the following essay will evaluate. Review of literature Males seem to enter nursing for the same reason as females: they want to help others, like the profession, find it a stable and secure profession, and find the work interesting (Meadus and Twomey, 2007). Once enrolled, however, many males are discomfited by their finding that femininity is very much an intrinsic discourse of the
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