Journal of Nursing Administration:
Letter to the Editor
With all due respect to Dr. Kenny, the omission of men from our study, “The Interconnectedness of Nurses' Lives,” was intentional; the omission of men from nursing was not. The original intent of our study was to examine how women make changes in their lives. The evolution of the study led to a focus on changes in women's professional and personal lives, and to the selection of a purposive sample from a population of nurses. The title may not have accurately reflected what actually emerged, i.e., a study of how women in nursing make changes in their lives. Our intent was by no means to exclude men from nursing.
As reported in our article, the literature supports the study of women's career patterns as worthy of attention. In keeping with this, we have initiated plans for expanding the sample to include women in business. We do however, appreciate Dr. Kenny's comments.
Penelope M. Glynn, PhD, RN
Associate Professor; Simmons College; Department of Nursing; Boston, Massachusetts