The Vision of Male Nurses: Roles, Barriers and Stereotypes

Genua, Jo Anne
October 2005
InterAction;Fall2005, Vol. 23 Issue 4, p4
Academic Journal
Research indicated that male nurses date back to the third century (Rodate, 2002) but with Nightingale's vision of nursing which did not include men (Poliafico, 1998), the number of men in nursing has diminished. Today men who choose nursing as their profession encounter barriers that limit their choice of specialty and risk being labeled and stereotyped as gay and effeminate, lazy and power hungry. The percentage of males who enter nursing is slowly increasing but not enough when compared to females in nursing.


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