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Nursing is for men: a descriptive phenomenological study
journal contributionposted on 26.06.2019, 00:00 by Martin ChristensenMartin Christensen, Anthony WelchAnthony Welch, Jennieffer BarrJennieffer Barr
Background: The reasons men come into nursing is because of career stability, career progression and financial security. Aim: The aim of this study was to explore the lived-experience of a group of male nursing students as to the attraction of nursing as a career choice. Method: A descriptive phenomenological approach using Colaizzi's seven step data analysis within the phenomenological empirical framework was used. Findings: The central theme developed from the transcripts was Nursing is for Men. Seven sub-themes were identified from the significant statements which included: Nursing is for me; wanting a new career; the jobs in the bag; striving to succeed; Men together; Family approval and Mate-ship realigned. Conclusion: The men in this study found the decision to become a nurse and undertake their nursing education challenging. Moreover, it was reconciling with family, friends and work colleagues that many felt was the biggest obstacle. © 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.