Student nurses’ gender-based accounts of men in nursing

McKinlay, Andy and Cowan, Sue and McVittie, Chris and Ion, Robin (2010) Student nurses’ gender-based accounts of men in nursing. Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, 5, 345-349., 5. pp. 345-349.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Psychology and Sociology
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2010 07:35
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:58

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