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This has inhibited the growth of nursing as knowledge based profession.
Nursing is considered as a role that is permanently natural for women; single sex occupation. Therefore, it is identified as a profession that is deeply fixed in the society’s gender based power relations. Women established nursing; it fits the stereotypical ‘feminine’ picture with characteristics of gentleness, nurturing, and caring as opposed to the masculine traits of aggression, strength, and dominance (Giele, et al. 2003). These are the reasons as to why occupations that require these qualities are exclusively considered suited to women, they have gone further and labeled them ‘women work’. Strong stereotypical boundaries that concerns feminine and masculine behavior has been presented to men by the society. Men that dare to choose nursing as a career, face the danger of challenging the gender roles and stereotypes that are defined by the tradition. Economic, political, and social systems enhance these stereotypes. Men who choose careers viewed to be feminine like nursing are always discriminated against are always subject to criticism from the public. Some people have a difficulty of accepting the image of men as gentle, compassionate, and caring. Men fear challenging the stereotypical image of nursing in the society. These characteristics are not essential attribute in the social and biological of the sexes, they are just cultural constructs that are reinforced by the social activities that are associated with being female or male.
Nursing image has traditionally been supported using symbols like the angle, sex symbol, doctor’s handmaiden, and, commonly, nurses as women. These pictures are based on women values and attributes, have been utilized by mass communication and interpersonal, strengthening the stereotypes of women being the nurses. This is also reinforced by excluding men in any
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Research reveals that in the nursing profession there are a number of barriers against men in nursing. This profession continues to be viewed as women’s work. This notion has continually created feminine stereotypes associated with the profession of caring, nurturing and gentleness in construct with masculine and dominance.
In the work place, this model can be applied by letting co-workers become aware of the aspect that needs to be changed. Awareness will enlighten, as well as allow the co-worker to evaluate oneself; to identify whether or not the willingness to change is present; and to decide when to change.
As the report stresses the current society nursing practices are much different from the ancient practices. Tremendous changes are expected to occur in the profession of nursing due to the current and future societal movements. At family level settings, traditional roles of sisters, daughters, and wives were rooted in nurturing.
The author states that clinical experience is part and parcel of the nursing profession, and it is essential for delivery of quality services. Management plays a key role in any successful organization. The modern health systems require qualified managers, capable of running the complex hospital equipment and personnel.
Nursing refers to the use of clinical judgment in relation to the provision of care with an aim of restoring or maintaining heath to a patient. This is facilitated by understanding the concept of nursing, which is guided by purpose, intervention, and commitment to the course. The question of nursing being a profession has long been debated.
Name: Title: Course: Tutor: Date: Why Few Men Choose Nursing as their Profession Abstract Many stereotypes, myths and beliefs have locked men out of the nursing profession with women predominantly assuming nursing roles. However, the recent years has seen men increasingly take up the profession having realized their equal potential to offer care as their female counterparts in nursing.
In olden days, a nurse is a woman who suckles and generally for a younger child. In the 15th century, this idea developed into looking after or advising another, and not necessarily for looking after a child. This idea continued and in modern nursing, the main theme is to promote the quality of life.
Profession is special because of its power and prestige in the society. It is the power which society confers upon a professional. Professions have professional bodies with a board of members which follow some stipulated codes of ethics. Every profession has certain