Image of nursing held by nursing students according to gender: A qualitative study

Authors

  • Ükke Karabacak BSN PhD,

    Assistant Professor
    1. Department of Fundamentals of Nursing, Nursing Division, Faculty of Health Sciences, Acıbadem University, Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Esin Uslusoy PhD,

    Research Assistant, Corresponding author
    • Department of Fundamentals of Nursing, Nursing Division, Faculty of Health Sciences, Suleyman Demırel University, Isparta, Turkey
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  • Şule Ecevit Alpar BSN PhD,

    Professor
    1. Department of Fundamentals of Nursing, Nursing Division, Faculty of Health Sciences, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Nefise Bahçecik BSN PhD

    Assistant Professor
    1. Department of Nursing Management, Nursing Division, Faculty of Health Sciences, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey
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Correspondence: Esin Cetinkaya Uslusoy, Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Doğu Kampüsü, Atatürk Spor Salonu, Cünür, Isparta 32200, Turkey. Email: esinctnky@mynet.com, esinuslusoy@sdu.edu.tr

Abstract

This paper is a report of a study to determine the nursing images of female and male nursing students. The study used a qualitative research design to determine nursing images of male (n = 20) and female (n = 20) nursing students. To analyse the data, the method used content analysis. Statements were organized under three categories and seven themes after content analysis. The first category, nursing concept, incorporates the two themes of: (i) female or sister; (ii) job definition. The second category, choosing, incorporates the four themes of: (i) Desire of Others; (ii) Guarantee of Work; (iii) Being Helpful to Others; and (iv) Limited to Academic Achievement. The third category, Gender, incorporates the one theme of: (i) Gendered Approach. Male students have started to take part in nursing programs relatively recently; therefore, more research is needed in the fields of academic accomplishments of male students.

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