Men in nursing: A thematic analysis of male nursing students experiences of nursing education in regional New Zealand

Christensen, Martin (2015) Men in nursing: A thematic analysis of male nursing students experiences of nursing education in regional New Zealand. In 21st Annual Qualitative Health Research Conference, 19-21 October 2015, Toronto, Canada. (Unpublished)


There is considerable debate about the effects the inclusion of men in nursing have on the quality of patient care and the profession itself. Whilst nursing is seen as a predominately female orientated career, it is often forgotten that the patron saint of nursing is actually a man – St Camillus of Lellis, a 16th century Italian Monk. However, evolution both politically and religiously had meant that the contemporary male figure within the nursing fraternity slowly gave way to women as men became more engaged with careers more befitting their social standing such as medicine, the church or the military Surprisingly, opinion about whether men are suitable within the profession continues to be a divided issue. Men enter the profession for a multitude of reasons, yet barriers whether emotional, verbal or sexual are still present. However, nursing is attractive because the variety of work enables an easy transition between specialties and the scope for career advancement is exciting both clinically and academically especially with the recent inception of nurse practitioner and nurse consultant roles.

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ID Code: 90373
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
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Keywords: men in nursing
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2015 23:25
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2015 23:25

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