The contextual performance of masculinity and caring by men nurses : an exploration of men's caring within a profession numerically dominated by women

Kellett, Peter (2010) The contextual performance of masculinity and caring by men nurses : an exploration of men's caring within a profession numerically dominated by women. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The transcripts of 21 individual interviews and three focus groups of Canadian men in nursing generated by the SSHRC funded study "Contradictions and Tensions in the Lives of Men: Exploring Masculinities in the Numerically Female Dominated Professions of Nursing and Elementary School Teaching," underwent secondary qualitative thematic analysis. Informed by the theoretical framework of masculinity theory, the study's purpose was to describe how men nurses' caring was conceptualized and expressed in their interviews. The contextual performance of masculinity and caring constituted the core theme, and a thematic map illustrated the relationships between eight performance sub-themes, two contextual sub-themes, and eight contextual elements accounted by this overarching theme. -- Consideration of the generated themes in the context of existing literature demonstrated considerable support for the study findings, and clearly identified the performance of masculinity as a significant influence on expression of caring by men nurses.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/8972
Item ID: 8972
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 248-262).
Department(s): Nursing, School of
Date: 2010
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Male nurses--Attitudes; Masculinity; Nursing--Psychological aspects; Nursing--Sex differences; Sexual division of labor
Medical Subject Heading: Masculinity; Nurses, Male--psychology; Employee Performance Appraisal

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