An examination of freshman non-nursing students' attitude toward nursing as a career choice for males in the Southeastern United States
Tiffany Gordon Cox, RN, PhD, MPPA, CNE
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The nursing shortage is predicted to continue into the year of 2030. Governmental and nongovernmental healthcare stakeholders have recognized a key factor in decreasing the shortage is to increase the recruitment and retention of males in nursing. The United States has a workforce comprising 3.5 million nurses. Yet, males represent only 9% of the working nurses in the United States. To decrease the nursing shortage, males must be a part of the equation. Male patients typically feel more comfortable discussing certain conditions, especially those related to sexual and reproductive health with other men than with women. Male nurses add to the quality of care and better health outcomes. This quantitative study examined the attitudes of non-nursing freshmen students toward nursing as a career choice for males. The precepts of the Social Role Theory by Alice Eagly and Wendy Woods provided the theoretical framework for the research. The study compared the means of three independent variables: males and females, traditional and non-traditional students, and institutional areas of study. Findings from the study indicated there was no statistically significant difference in the attitudes in comparison of genders, trajectory, or institutional areas of study. The theorized perspective on choice of career implicates sex differences, and gender expected roles influence behaviors and choices. The results of the study depicted neutral attitudes toward males in nursing, indicating a continued need to explore strategies to increase positive attitudes as a strategy to attract more males to the nursing profession.
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|Research Approach||Quantitative Research|
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