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Hu Li Za Zhi. 2013 Jun;60(3):64-72. doi: 10.6224/JN.60.3.64.

[Perceiving gender or profession: the practical experience of male nursing students in the obstetrics and gynecology ward].

[Article in Chinese; Abstract available in Chinese from the publisher]

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Department of Nursing, St. Martin De Porres Hospital, Taiwan, ROC.

Abstract

in English, Chinese

BACKGROUND:

The impact of general gender stereotypes on nursing is severe and influential, especially with regard to male nursing students working in obstetrics and gynecology wards.

PURPOSE:

This study examined the experience of male nursing students in obstetrics and gynecology wards.

METHODS:

We used a phenomenological qualitative research approach and a sample of 10 male nursing students currently studying at a nursing college in central Taiwan. All participants had obstetrics and gynecology ward experience. Individual interviews were transcribed into the procedural record. Colaizzi content analysis analyzed and categorized research data.

RESULTS:

Based on participants practical experiences in the obstetrics and gynecology ward, the main stages of participants professional development through their internship experience included: (1) Unbalanced self-role recognition; (2) being defined by the gender framework (gender stereotypes); (3) the difference between male doctor and male nurse; (4) learning appropriate communication techniques; (5) mutual and empathetic understanding of the female psychology during childbirth; (6) gaining sources for positive feedback; (7) releasing the shackles of gender and gaining full insight into and comprehension of nursing functions; and (8) given the opportunity to learn.

CONCLUSION:

Through ongoing examination and learning, participant internships in the obstetrics and gynecology wards were significant and essential learning experiences that validated their necessity. Nursing schools and internship institutions alike must realize the importance of gender-equality education to the nursing profession. Medical institutions are encouraged to offer equal learning opportunities to male and female nursing students and provide targeted assistance to males to help them master clinical nursing care practices in the obstetrics and gynecology department.

KEYWORDS:

clinical practice; male nursing students; obstetrics and gynecology ward

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23729342
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