Title page for ETD etd-10052006-091215

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Tillman, Kenneth
Author's Email Address ktillman@selu.edu
URN etd-10052006-091215
Title The Meaning of Masculinity for Male Baccalaureate Nursing Program Graduates
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Human Resource Education Workforce Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Krisanna Machtmes Committee Chair
Earl Johnson Committee Member
Gerri Johnson Committee Member
Michael Burnett Committee Member
Maria Kosma Dean's Representative
  • masculinity
  • nursing
  • male nurses
  • nursing education
Date of Defense 2006-09-29
Availability unrestricted
Previous researchers have reported that societal definitions of masculinity may act as a barrier to men entering the nursing profession, and that men who do enter nursing may hold a different view of masculinity. The purpose of this study was to describe the meaning of masculinity for recent male baccalaureate nursing program graduates. In addition, the study explored how the participantsí perceived meaning of masculinity shaped or influenced their nursing education experiences, and in turn how their nursing education experiences may have shaped or influenced their perceived meaning of masculinity. A phenomenological research design was used to study eight male baccalaureate nursing program graduates. Data analysis revealed five distinct themes: career trajectory, educational experiences, masculine image, masculine attitudes and masculine caring. It was concluded that the men in this study had an overall complicit meaning of masculinity, personally rejecting the oppressive and dominating normative standards of masculinity, but recognizing and benefiting from patriarchal practices. The men perceived that their meaning of masculinity had influenced their nursing education experiences and in turn their nursing education experiences had influenced their meaning of masculinity by helping them develop affective caring and integrating this type of caring into their meaning of masculinity.
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