Men in nursing on television: Exposing and reinforcing stereotypes

Blackwell Publishing
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Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2014, 70 (4), pp. 833 - 842
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Aims To describe the results of a study of images of men in nursing on television. Background Previous research has highlighted stereotypical images around nursing, such as the battle-axe, naughty nurse and handmaiden. More recent research focuses on images of nurses who are men, because of the growing numbers of men in the nursing workforce. Given that negative images can harm recruitment and retention in the profession, it is important to interrogate how men in nursing are portrayed in popular culture. Representations on television are particularly critical to explore because of the medium's wide audience. Design Qualitative study.
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