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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/602955
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Recruitment and Retention of Male Nursing Students
Other Titles:
Nursing as a Career: Student Perspectives [Session]
Author(s):
Kane, Deborah; Rajacich, Dale; Cameron, Sheila; Rajacich, Dale; Cameron, Sheila
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Tau Upsilon
Author Details:
Deborah Kane, PhD, RN, dkane@uwindsor.ca; Dale Rajacich, PhD, RN; Sheila Cameron, RN, EdD, DSc (Hon)
Abstract:
Session presented on Monday, November 9, 2015: Background:The national workforce of RNs in Canada is only 6.8% male, with provincial percentages of male RNs ranging from their lowest in Prince Edward Island (2%) to their highest in Quebec (10%) (Canadian Nurses Association, 2012).  This small number of males attracted to nursing as a profession is particularly important because of the projected shortages of RNs (Murphy et al., 2012). If current trends in Canada’s health profile continue Canada will face a 23% (N=60,000) RN shortage by the year 2022 (Tomblin Murphy et al., 2012). In order to increase the number of men in the nursing profession, it is essential to understand what factors brought current nursing students into their nursing program, as well as what factors affect their decisions to stay in their nursing program. Method: Purposive and snowball sampling was used in this descriptive, qualitative study. Sixteen male nursing students participated in two focus groups conducted in southwestern Ontario. Through open-ended questions, students were asked to share what attracted them to nursing; if they have been treated differently from their female colleagues; what challenges they face as male nursing students; and what has kept them in the program and/or led them to consider withdrawing from their program. Focus group transcripts were subjected to manifest and latent inductive content analysis to identify both common and unique features of the experience of male nursing students. Results:  Several common themes emerged as factors that affect the recruitment of men into nursing, including the stereotyped perceptions of nursing, public perception of men in nursing,  the influence of significant others, and job opportunities and job security. While male nursing students identified experiences with discrimination and stereotyping as negatively influencing their career choice, the rewarding experiences they encountered while providing patient care, positively influenced their retention within their nursing program. Greater understanding of the attractive and deterrant factors for men to enter a nursing program may provide areas of focus for recruitment strategies for post-secondary institutions. As well, understanding the causative factors affecting retention of men once they have entered a nursing program may provide an increased understanding of methods by which male attrition can be decreased.
Keywords:
male students; nursing; recruitment & retention
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15D16
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleRecruitment and Retention of Male Nursing Studentsen
dc.title.alternativeNursing as a Career: Student Perspectives [Session]en
dc.contributor.authorKane, Deborahen
dc.contributor.authorRajacich, Daleen
dc.contributor.authorCameron, Sheilaen
dc.contributor.authorRajacich, Daleen
dc.contributor.authorCameron, Sheilaen
dc.contributor.departmentTau Upsilonen
dc.author.detailsDeborah Kane, PhD, RN, dkane@uwindsor.ca; Dale Rajacich, PhD, RN; Sheila Cameron, RN, EdD, DSc (Hon)en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/602955en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Monday, November 9, 2015: Background:The national workforce of RNs in Canada is only 6.8% male, with provincial percentages of male RNs ranging from their lowest in Prince Edward Island (2%) to their highest in Quebec (10%) (Canadian Nurses Association, 2012).  This small number of males attracted to nursing as a profession is particularly important because of the projected shortages of RNs (Murphy et al., 2012). If current trends in Canada’s health profile continue Canada will face a 23% (N=60,000) RN shortage by the year 2022 (Tomblin Murphy et al., 2012). In order to increase the number of men in the nursing profession, it is essential to understand what factors brought current nursing students into their nursing program, as well as what factors affect their decisions to stay in their nursing program. Method: Purposive and snowball sampling was used in this descriptive, qualitative study. Sixteen male nursing students participated in two focus groups conducted in southwestern Ontario. Through open-ended questions, students were asked to share what attracted them to nursing; if they have been treated differently from their female colleagues; what challenges they face as male nursing students; and what has kept them in the program and/or led them to consider withdrawing from their program. Focus group transcripts were subjected to manifest and latent inductive content analysis to identify both common and unique features of the experience of male nursing students. Results:  Several common themes emerged as factors that affect the recruitment of men into nursing, including the stereotyped perceptions of nursing, public perception of men in nursing,  the influence of significant others, and job opportunities and job security. While male nursing students identified experiences with discrimination and stereotyping as negatively influencing their career choice, the rewarding experiences they encountered while providing patient care, positively influenced their retention within their nursing program. Greater understanding of the attractive and deterrant factors for men to enter a nursing program may provide areas of focus for recruitment strategies for post-secondary institutions. As well, understanding the causative factors affecting retention of men once they have entered a nursing program may provide an increased understanding of methods by which male attrition can be decreased.en
dc.subjectmale studentsen
dc.subjectnursingen
dc.subjectrecruitment & retentionen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:40:13Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:40:13Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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