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Men in Nursing

MacWilliams, Brent Robert PhD, RN, ANP; Schmidt, Bonnie; Bleich, Michael R. PhD, RN, FAAN

AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000425746.83731.16
Feature Articles

Overview: This literature review examines the ability of the nursing profession to recruit and retain men in nursing schools and in the nursing workforce. The authors consider such educational barriers as role stress, discrimination, and stereotyping, and explore questions of male touch and the capacity of men to care. In identifying challenges faced by men entering or working in a profession in which women predominate, the authors hope to promote actions on the part of nurse leaders, educators, and researchers that may address issues of sex bias and promote greater sexual diversity within nursing.

In Brief

A literature review explores the challenges men in nursing face working in a predominantly female profession.

Author Information

Brent Robert MacWilliams is an assistant professor of nursing and Bonnie Schmidt is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Schmidt is also a doctoral candidate at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Michael R. Bleich is dean of the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in St. Louis, a member of the AJN editorial board, and a member of the Institute of Medicine committee that wrote the report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, which is referenced in this article. Contact author: Brent Robert MacWilliams, The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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