Perceived and real barriers for men entering nursing: implications for gender diversity

J Cult Divers. 2008 Fall;15(3):148-52.


The objective of this literature review is to describe the perceived or real barriers to men seeking a career in nursing, and to suggest strategies for ameliorating barriers. A literature search exploring barriers existing for men pursuing nursing was conducted. Although the literature underscored the structure of nursing has changed substantially over the last fifty years, these changes have not always provoked a change in the public's perception of nursing. Barriers for men entering nursing still exist. Implications for gender diversity in nursing are discussed.

Precis: Strategies for decreasing barriers experienced by males entering nursing are warranted.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Career Choice*
  • Gender Identity
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Male
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nurses, Male / education
  • Nurses, Male / organization & administration
  • Nurses, Male / psychology*
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Prejudice
  • Social Perception
  • Social Support
  • Stereotyping
  • Students, Nursing / psychology*
  • Students, Nursing / statistics & numerical data
  • Vocational Guidance