Gender Dimension of Men in the Nursing Profession: A Case Study Context
Keywords:male, nursing, gender stereotypes
The aims of the study were to discuss gender dimension of men in the nursing profession and to determine the gender-related factors that may influence men’s participation in the nursing profession from Malaysian perspective. The literature showed extensively that the gender stereotypes associated with men have limited them to participate in certain non-traditional occupations. It has been argued that men who work in the female dominated profession are facing challenges because of gender stereotypes and norms. To find out the status of men in the nursing profession in Malaysia, a study was conducted at Kolej Islam Sains dan Teknologi (KIST) which is the largest private college of nursing and health sciences in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. A total of 50 male students from the college were selected to be investigated by using questionnaires. The results revealed that there are several factors such as gender stereotypes, female patient perception, gay image and relationship with physician are influencing male students’ attitudes towards their future. Given the importance of male involvement in the nursing profession to improve and support the quality of this profession, this study suggests that nursing schools, colleges and the government should recognize the importance of male nurses’ role and show the positive image of male participation in the nursing profession. These efforts may encourage male involvement in the nursing profession in the future.