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Nursing is for men: a descriptive phenomenological study

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.

History

Volume

54

Issue

6

Start Page

547

End Page

560

Number of Pages

14

eISSN

1839-3535

ISSN

1037-6178

Publisher

Routledge, Australia

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

18/07/2018

External Author Affiliations

Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, NSW

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Contemporary Nurse