Reverse Discrimination Of A Nurse's Job As A Profession Based Around Compassion And Caring For Patient Populations
2036 Words9 Pages
Reverse Discrimination in Nursing
Nursing is a profession based around compassion and caring for patient populations in a variety of settings. In a post Florence Nightingale nursing world, a nurse’s job is deemed “feminine” with care provided by a “lady.” Although society has changed dramatically, masculine stereotypes and the core focus of nursing is almost unaltered. Male nurses total 9.6% of the workforce, making nursing one of the top ten female dominated careers in America (United States Census Board, 2013). According to O’Lynn (2013), a proponent and researcher for men in nursing, this trend is similar to most developed countries citing statistics from Australia, Canada, Iran, Israel, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Similar problems, research, and outcomes regarding male nursing exist in all countries stemming from a common cultural background. As one third of the nursing workforce faces retirement within the next 10 years, the importance of increasing a well-supplied, trained, and equal workforce becomes a priority. This report focuses on the gender-diversity issues the nursing profession places on males inside the profession. Through the exploration of nursing history, it will then delve into the most problematic issues men face in nursing before discussing the role of nursing leadership in changing this landscape.
The History of Gender in Nursing According to O’Lynn (2013), nursing was predominately male from the first nursing