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Title: Would you recommend nursing as a career to men?
Contributor(s): Stanley, David  (author)orcid ; Beament, Tania (author); Falconer, Darren (author); Haigh, Margaret (author); Saunders, Rosemary (author); Stanley, Karen  (author); Wall, Peter (author)
Publication Date: 2016
Open Access: Yes
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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.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Working Papers in the Health Sciences, 1(14), p. 1-6
Publisher: University of Southampton
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 2051-6266
Field of Research (FOR): 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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