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Keywords:

  • aggression;
  • gender;
  • job satisfaction;
  • male nurses;
  • rural nursing

andrews m.e., stewart n.j., morgan d.g. & d'arcy c. (2012) Journal of Nursing Management 20, 561–570

More alike than different: a comparison of male and female RNs in rural and remote Canada

Aim  To explore gender differences and similarities on personal, employment and work-life factors and predictors of job satisfaction among registered nurses in rural and remote Canada.

Background  Research suggests that men and women are attracted to nursing for different reasons, with job security, range of employment opportunities and wages being important for male nurses.

Methods  Using data from a large national survey of registered nurses in rural and remote Canada, descriptive and multiple linear regression analyses were used to identify gender differences and similarities.

Results  A larger proportion of male nurses reported experiencing aggression in the workplace. Age, annual gross income and colleague support in medicine were not found to be predictors of work satisfaction for the male nurses, although they were for women.

Conclusion  There are more similarities than differences between male and female registered nurses in factors that affect job satisfaction.

Implications for nursing management  Nursing management needs to increase their awareness of the potential for workplace aggression towards male registered nurses and to explore the perceptions of interpersonal interactions that affect satisfaction in the workplace.