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The Image of Male Nurses and Nursing Leadership Mobility


  • Timothy B. McMurry EdD, MSN, RN

    1. Timothy B. McMurry, EdD, MSN, RN, is Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive, El Paso VA Health Care System, El Paso, TX.
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Research consistently reveals that white men maintain an advantage over other status groups such as women in positions of authority pertaining to human capital. This paper examines male underrepresentation in the nursing profession, including difficulties such as discrimination and advantages for them determined by their gender. The literature suggests that men are given fair, if not preferential, treatment in hiring and promotion decisions, are accepted by supervisors and colleagues, and are well integrated into the workplace subculture.