Impacting Student Success: The Importance of Gender Diversity within Nursing Education

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/316812
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Impacting Student Success: The Importance of Gender Diversity within Nursing Education
Other Titles:
Diversity
Author(s):
Le Blanc, Barbara Ellen
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Tau Gamma
Author Details:
Barbara Ellen Le Blanc, MN, BScN, RN
Abstract:
Session presented on: Friday, April 4, 2014: There are factors that affect the nursing profession's ability to recruit, retain and successfully graduate male nurses, including lack of acknowledgement of the diverse needs of men, particularly in the education system. There are often limited opportunities for mentorship, sexism on the part of some educators and lack of acknowledgment of the differences between males and females. The male nursing student is often exposed to only a feminine gendered construct of the nurse, incorporating stereotypical behaviours and responses equated with the (feminine) nursing ideal. This descriptive phenomenological study examines the lived experience of the male nursing student, utilizing queer theory and critical concepts, including Butler's performativity, and Foucault's disciplinary power. A preliminary analysis of the data indicates that male students have a sense of isolation and disengagement from their peers and the faculty. They desire a more diverse nursing faculty that would include male instructors and professors. The theme emerging is the need to 'belong' and it has been identified that, through mentorship, role modeling and acknowledgement of the diverse educational needs of men, there would be a higher retention of men within the educational programs and the profession as a whole. There is a perception that the education system puts little emphasis or importance on meeting the needs of minorities and ultimately stresses the importance of the female ideal and its associated behaviours. The conscious establishment of a more diverse faculty would reassure the students that do not fit the majority construct that diversity within the profession is valued and encouraged.
Keywords:
gender performativity; nursing faculty; gender diversity
Repository Posting Date:
13-May-2014
Date of Publication:
13-May-2014
Other Identifiers:
NERC14C03
Conference Date:
2014
Conference Name:
Nursing Education Research Conference 2014
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing; National League of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
Nursing Education Research Conference 2014 Theme: Nursing Education Research, held in Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleImpacting Student Success: The Importance of Gender Diversity within Nursing Educationen
dc.title.alternativeDiversityen
dc.contributor.authorLe Blanc, Barbara Ellenen
dc.contributor.departmentTau Gammaen
dc.author.detailsBarbara Ellen Le Blanc, MN, BScN, RNen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/316812-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on: Friday, April 4, 2014: There are factors that affect the nursing profession's ability to recruit, retain and successfully graduate male nurses, including lack of acknowledgement of the diverse needs of men, particularly in the education system. There are often limited opportunities for mentorship, sexism on the part of some educators and lack of acknowledgment of the differences between males and females. The male nursing student is often exposed to only a feminine gendered construct of the nurse, incorporating stereotypical behaviours and responses equated with the (feminine) nursing ideal. This descriptive phenomenological study examines the lived experience of the male nursing student, utilizing queer theory and critical concepts, including Butler's performativity, and Foucault's disciplinary power. A preliminary analysis of the data indicates that male students have a sense of isolation and disengagement from their peers and the faculty. They desire a more diverse nursing faculty that would include male instructors and professors. The theme emerging is the need to 'belong' and it has been identified that, through mentorship, role modeling and acknowledgement of the diverse educational needs of men, there would be a higher retention of men within the educational programs and the profession as a whole. There is a perception that the education system puts little emphasis or importance on meeting the needs of minorities and ultimately stresses the importance of the female ideal and its associated behaviours. The conscious establishment of a more diverse faculty would reassure the students that do not fit the majority construct that diversity within the profession is valued and encouraged.en
dc.subjectgender performativityen
dc.subjectnursing facultyen
dc.subjectgender diversityen
dc.date.available2014-05-13T16:43:01Z-
dc.date.issued2014-05-13en
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-13T16:43:01Z-
dc.conference.date2014en
dc.conference.nameNursing Education Research Conference 2014en
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.hostNational League of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen
dc.descriptionNursing Education Research Conference 2014 Theme: Nursing Education Research, held in Hyatt Regency Indianapolisen
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