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Why so few men choose nursing as their profesion?
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Why Few Men Choose Nursing as their Profession
Many stereotypes, myths and beliefs have locked men out of the nursing profession with women predominantly assuming nursing roles.
This paper evaluates the reasons why men join nursing profession, analyzes the challenges they face and allays the misconceptions about male nurses, to show that men equally qualify as effective nurses. Introduction The professional roots of nursing could be traced back to the 20th Century when Florence Nightingale came up with professional schools for nursing (O’Lynn & Tranbarger, 2007). This professionalization of nursing by Nightingale that saw nursing rise in status as a women’s respectable profession saw men being marginalized in the profession. This has caused a minimization of the role of men and their history in nursing in spite of documented evidence of men in nursing dating back to as far as 250 BC (Wolfenden, 2011). This marginalization has since become a systemic issue and has become endemic to the nursing profession and education. However, it should be acknowledged that men equally provide care as women in nursing professions and the contrary stereotypes, myths and beliefs propagated over years are misconceived. Previously, nursing was seen as a respectable profession for the women. Even though men were accepted into nursing profession, the medical model encouraged women nurses as the ideal position. ...
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