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Should Men Join the Nursing Field?

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O’Connor, T. (2015). Men choosing nursing: Negotiating a masculine identity in a feminine world. The Journal of Men’s Studies, 23(2), 194-211.
The article discusses  men who choose to work as professional nurses. It talks about the pros and cons of being a male nurse in the current health sector, the challenges and successes they face and also why more men should enroll for this profession. The article describes statistically the number of male nurses against female nurses in the same health care sector. It presents estimates of men in nursing occupations using data from the 2011 American Community Survey (ACS).Statistics show that the ratio of women to men in the nursing profession is 10 to 1 respectively. The profession is seen as more feminine than masculine.

Yeater, W.A. (2014). Perioperative mission nursing guide; personal and professional preparation to practice (Doctoral dissertation, University of Victoria).
This story is featured in another Scrubs online article, about a young man named David who joined nursing due to his mother's influence. He describes how he wanted a more mentally challenging career and so as his mother suggested he considered pursuing nursing. He, however, had to be both personally and professionally prepared to undertake this venture he had to go to school and study like everyone else. Before he could get his mind around it, he thought of the myths surrounding men who pursued nursing and all the challenges he could encounter in the field.

Aranda, M., Castillo-Mayén, M. D. R., & Montes-Berges, B. (2015). Has changed the traditional social perception on nurses? Attribution of stereotypes and gender roles. Acción Psicológica, 12(1), 103-112.
One of the myths the author encountered was that nursing was for women alone and that most men preferred doing manly jobs such as firefighting and working in construction sites. David found this myth untrue since men who worked as firefighters or first aiders in construction sites, later on, started undertaking nursing courses after retirement. This was so as to continue helping people just like they did in their previous careers. Variables such as better pay, work flexibility and getting to help more people influenced their decisions to pursue this course as well as making their job more rewarding at the end of the day. The second myth was that men weren’t emotionally invested in nursing like women were.

Arieli, D. (2013). Emotional work and diversity in clinical placements of nursing students. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 45(2), 192-201.
Another presumed notion was that men did not have a heart like that of a woman and so they could not feel any emotion such as sympathy for the patients they were attending. David’s self-discovery was that he did not want to pursue nursing because it paid well or because he had a more flexible working plan, he wanted to pursue nursing because he was a human being who wanted to help others. In his everyday day interactions with people in the hospital, he learned a lot by listening to their stories some of which were good some were sad and some were more than interesting. All these interactions made him realize he wanted to help them the more.

Steinmetz, J., Bosak, J., Sczesny, S., & Eagly, A. H. (2014). Social role effects on gender stereotyping in Germany and Japan. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 17(1), 52-60.
This article described how people viewed male nurses as wannabe doctors. It was presumed that males who pursued nursing had failed to attain standard qualifications of being a doctor, and so they settled for nursing where they could always help out doctors and at the same time are able to carry out small procedures assigned by the doctors themselves. It was assumed they wanted to act as secret doctors. This notion was wrong but on the other hand, it got male nurses better treatment from doctors than it did female nurses. This meant that doctors were more friendly and respecting to male nurses as compared to how they treated female nurses. In summary, the article basically states that for males pursuing nursing it is both negative and at the same time positive. Below are some reasons why men should choose nursing as a career choice.

Diggs, G. S. (2013). Coping and its relation to retention among male minority nursing students in an associate degree nursing program in a south Texas community college: An explanatory sequential mixed methods inquiry (Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi).
It is true that most female patients are not comfortable being attended to by male nurses but it’s not a bad thing that should be taken to heart. Male nurses should then instead be like marines in training. Who learn how to adapt, improve and overcome all challenges they face. All in all having males in this profession is a good thing since men always have a different perspective on things and thus it is important to balance the equation between emotional thinking and rational thinking during a situation.

Hendricks, J. M., & Cope, V. C. (2013). Generational diversity: What nurse managers need to know. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69(3), 717-725.
The diversification of the nursing profession is very good since it shows the younger generation that there are no specific jobs for both women and men only the most natural ones that God assigned to us. Since nursing is the most trusted profession it is important that more male nurses enroll in colleges and other health schools so s to increase the population of the male species in hospitals. Also, more patients are now becoming comfortable with the idea of a male nurse being their caregiver and hence it shows a positive outlook on the male nursing profession.

MacWilliams, B. R., Schmidt, B., & Bleich, M. R. (2013). Men in nursing. AJN The American Journal of Nursing, 113(1), 38-44.
There are some pros and cons of being a male nurse, for example, tall male nurses can see over short female nurses. It is a case of males being prone to thinking more rationally that they are the best in making tough decisions which most female doctors would not make. Some of the disadvantages of a male nurse include being called upon to do all the heavy lifting in the hospital that includes patients and other heavy machinery. Lastly, they have to always listen to female problems in the hospital from both patients and other fellow nurses.

Rajacich, D., Kane, D., Williston, C., & Cameron, S. (2013, January). If they do call you a nurse, it is always a “male nurse”: Experiences of men in the nursing profession. Nursing Forum, 48(1), 71-80.
From the recent studies, it is recommended that there be more male nurses enrolled in schools. Recruitment of the male nurses should be first supported by the expansion of knowledge about the impact and implications of stereotyping against male nurses who wished to join the field. Instead, people should be taught to view it as a normal profession that is open to every gender. This education should be specially taught to students in colleges and those who are about to join colleges and universities so that they can have a wide range to choose from.

Gordon, V. N., & Steele, G. E. (2015). The undecided college student: An academic and career advising challenge. Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas.
A number of male college students are undecided on taking up nursing as a career because of factors that include and are not limited to lack of information and personal factors. With regard to personal factors, the students would be afraid of taking up nursing as a career basing on opinions held by other people such as friends and family. They could also be lacking information about the career thus not being able to decide on taking it up. Therefore for men to join nursing, Gordon’s curriculum would be used to influence their decision making. Male students should be helped in determining the reasons as to why they are not willing to take up nursing. This will clear out the myths that some of them believe in. The next step would then be an exploration stage where they get to gather information on nursing as a career. This includes basic requirements for the course, career progression, and employment opportunities. When all the information is integrated together, it will make it easier for them to decide on taking the course. The next step would then be to ask the students to take the next step and this would be applying and getting into the nursing class.
The demand for nursing services is projected to increase as the population ages and the health care reform law takes effect, increasing access to care for tens of millions of people. So many more male nurses are encouraged to apply for these courses and get into this profession since it pays well and at the same time ensures a continuation of a safe and a healthy human life line.

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