Outdated culture blamed for male nurse shortage
Friday, July 16, 2004. 8:08am
A nursing academic has blamed an outdated culture for the huge shortage of men in the nursing profession.
Kim Walker from Sydney's St Vincent's Private Hospital says men make up just 9 per cent of nurses, a figure that has barely changed in a century.
He has told a nursing conference in Alice Springs that authorities have to find new ways to lure men into nursing by providing better career paths and promoting a more positive image of the profession.
"The workplace unfortunately in most Australian health care systems is still pretty sort of 1950s hierarchy," he said.
"We've still got fairly rigid ladders of promotion and opportunity and people find that all a little bit too much hard work, so the actual structure of the health care system I think is a little past its use-by date and probably needs to be renovated."
Jul 19, '04
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[font=Arial Black]First of all I am a male and a nurse.
Why is the term "male nurse" so stereotyped.
Why can't there just be a nursing shortage.It seems that when the term "male nurse" conjures up a man that has an alternative lifestyle or can and might be slightly perverted. The term also conjures up the ideology that "men don't understand the women's health issues and may not know how to treat them. I for one am sick and tired of the stereotyping of us men who have taken up this most honorable and noble profession. Remember the very first nurses were monks in a monastary.
I really don't consider it an outdated culture, I consider it a stereotype gone to far. :angryfire
I think it really is an outdated culture.
People think "nurse" and they either think of a doctor's handmaiden, a prostitute in spiked heels and a short white dress (don't forget the cap
) giving a sponge bath, or a woman breastfeeding an infant.
That is why people think it is "girly" and think men have to be "girly" to want to be a nurse.
This will not change until nurses are recognized as college-educated, licensed medical professionals capable of independent thought rather than a bunch of dolts that just follow doctor's orders.
While we are at it...how about renaming "doctors orders"? - we are not in the military. Maybe it will cut down on the "doctor is god and the nurse is his servant" way of thinking.
Last edit by RN4NICU on Jul 19, '04