Would you recommend nursing to men as a career?

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Stanley, David, Beament, Tanya, Falconer, Darren Paul, Haigh, Margaret, Saunders, Rosemary, Stanley, Karen and Wall, Peter. (2016). Would you recommend nursing to men as a career? Working Papers in the Health Services. 1(14), pp. 1-6.
AuthorsStanley, David, Beament, Tanya, Falconer, Darren Paul, Haigh, Margaret, Saunders, Rosemary, Stanley, Karen and Wall, Peter
Abstract

Objective : The principle objective of this study was to establish a profile and perception of men in nursing in Western Australia. This paper will discuss one sub-objective which sort to explore responses to the question: “Would you recommend a nursing as a career to males that you know?”

Design: Main study was a quantitative, descriptive survey design, however the question under review was significantly qualitative in nature and analysed as such.

Setting : The study took place across Western Australian public and private sector health care facilities, nurse education institutions and non- government providers across rural, remote and metropolitan locations.

Main outcome measures: Data was collected through responses to one question (within a larger survey) that related to recommending nursing as a career to males. An online survey instrument was used.

Results: 70.5 %( n= 377) said they would recommend nursing to males. Of the respondents that selected “yes” 19.6% were male and 80.4 % were female. Of the 29.5 %( n= 158) respondents that selected “no” 24.7% were male and 75.3% female. Qualitative data reported supports the perceptions in the current workforce.

Conclusion : Whilst the majority of respondents in the study would recommend a career in nursing to men, a quarter of respondents felt that a career in nursing was not suited to men. Reasons identified included; poor pay, a difficult job, men’s values were incompatible with care, or that they were using nursing as a spring board to other careers. Identifying the perceptions of men in nursing and if current nurses would promote nursing to males they knew assists in the potential recruitment of a much needed future workforce.

KeywordsMen in Nursing; Workloads; Nursing; Survey; Recruitment
Year01 Jan 2016
JournalWorking Papers in the Health Services
Journal citation1 (14), pp. 1-6
PublisherUniversity of Southampton
ISSN2051-6266
Web address (URL)https://www.southampton.ac.uk/wphs/previous_issues/2015/winter.page
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Page range1-6
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Output statusPublished
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OnlineDec 2015
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AcceptedDec 2015
Deposited11 Mar 2024
Place of publicationAustralia
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