Exploring attitudes of acceptance of males in nursing among registered nurses.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


To explore attitudes of acceptance of male nurses and examine correlations between female nurses' levels of acceptance and certain demographic variables.


Collaboration and teamwork are essential skills for the nursing profession and for successful health care environments. Attitudes of acceptance between male and female nurses can impact the ability to sustain these skills and influence nursing satisfaction.


Female (n = 251) and male (n = 60) nurses from three medical centres in or near a large, Midwestern city participated. Data were collected via an anonymous online survey using the Sexist Attitude Inventory.


Male nurses' attitudes of acceptance of male nurses were greater than female nurses' attitudes of acceptance. A small, positive correlation was found between the female nurse's level of education and her acceptance of male nurses. Male and female nurses' responses were also significantly different on 35% of the inventory items-providing areas of focus for relationship improvement.

Conclusions and implications for nursing management

The significant difference between male and female nurses' acceptance of male nurses necessitates further investigation. Addressing male/female perspective differences on professional work issues may improve both groups' work experience, job satisfaction, and acceptance of all nursing colleagues, regardless of gender.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gedzyk-Nieman, SA; Svoboda, G

Published Date

  • April 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 647 - 654

PubMed ID

  • 30318647

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1365-2834

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0966-0429

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/jonm.12723


  • eng