Nursing Journal Article Review Nelson, Roxanne. (2006).
Men in nursing: still too few: discrimination and stereotypes still keep many from joining nursing ranks. American Journal of Nursing, (106), 25-26. The author of this article discusses the possible causes for so few men entering the nursing field. This article sheds light on the many unspoken reasons why men avoid the profession of nursing which include homophobia and the less talked about, discrimination. The equal opportunity act of 1964 which barred discrimination against women and minorities will soon be celebrating its 50th year anniversary. With that in mind, it is difficult by today s standards to pinpoint any particular agency, profession, political party, or military organization that is well known for discrimination among its employees. Has discrimination become something of the past or is it still prevalent in today s society and workforce. This question is brought to the forefront of nursing, a profession that is known to be stereotyped by the white female. People often think of women when they think of the nursing profession, however it was not always this way. The nursing profession originated in 250 BC by an all male school in India. The first identified nurse in North America was also male. It wasn t until 1860, when training schools led by Florence Nightingale were established, that males and minorities were excluded from the profession. This stereotyped the profession as female only. The stereotyping in the nursing profession goes beyond the idea of the white female nurse. In the public eye, many assume that male nurses are gay or weak, which has caused an increased sense of homophobia among the men in the profession. The growing homophobia, lack of male role models, and discrimination will continue to deter males from entering the field until the public perception of nursing changes.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give this article a 9. The author focuses on the reasoning for the lack of males in the nursing field and how schools and hospitals are tackling this problem with increased male recruitment and male driven advertising. Jarred Gooch 1/19/2011