Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery

Challenging gender stereotypes that children acquire at a very young age

There has been a lively debate on Twitter following the publication of the article by Aimee Aubeeluck, Jamie Waterall and Joanne S Lymn titled "The hidden bias that keeps men out of nursing". The article is behind a paywall. I think that the Nursing Standard should be approached to make this important article freely available so that the debate can really take off.

There have been lots of good ideas as a result of this article. A group including @jomwlever is writing a story for 4-5 year olds called "My dad the nurse". There is an American book called "My daddy, the amazing nurse!". I am just posting this as I hope that many nurses and midwives will contribute their ideas and stories about gender stereotyping of nurses and it becomes a call to action that mobilises lots of people and makes a big difference.

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Jamie Waterall Dec 17, 2017

Follow the book as it comes together on twitter using #MyDadTheNurse - Is this a first for a book to be written collectively on twitter?

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Elizabeth Carter Dec 18, 2017

This is a really important part of the debate - in Spain there are more male nurses than female - it's just not an issue - will see if I can find out more about why this is the case.

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Joan Pons Laplana Dec 21, 2017

Is that true? On my class there were only 3 males Nurses out of 100?

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Elizabeth Carter Dec 21, 2017

My friend is undergoing dialysis - English - but in Spain and he is amazed at the number of nurses and other people I know in Catalonia report this to be the case - However I can't argue with your experience. What do you think the Spanish system does, if anything, differently, to encourage boys into nursing as a career? Is there a difference in attitude or are you experiencing the same in England?

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Joan Pons Laplana Dec 21, 2017

Not been Nursing in Spain for last 17 years. Things might have changed. The attitude is very similar. People have stereotypes and presumed that I am gay. When I mention that I am married with 3 kids then they proceed to ask me if I am a Nurse because I failed medical school... People see male nurse as a fail doctors!

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Elizabeth Carter Dec 21, 2017

That's why this work is so important - even seeing nurses as failed doctors - whether or not male or female, is a wrong assumption and we have to find way to challenge those perceptions.

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Jamie Waterall Dec 24, 2017

This is a really important point Elizabeth! What can we learn from other countries and what does the evidence base suggest in terms of effective interventions which we could consider.

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Bev Matthews Dec 18, 2017

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Bev Matthews Dec 18, 2017

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Lynnette Leman Dec 21, 2017

We Nurses hosted a Twitter chat on 14 December 2017, and there are some interesting links and conversations here: http://www.wecommunities.org/tweet-chats/chat-details/4068

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Jamie Waterall Dec 24, 2017

This is the link to a tweet I issued on this very topic with some interesting responses which colleagues may like to view to add depth to this discussion https://twitter.com/JamieWaterall/status/935457159931973633

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Andrew Clifton Jan 2, 2018

These are all good ideas and I embrace them all, but I have just seen figures from the Council of Deans (https://gallery.mailchimp.com/24d3136eb8e7c58...riefing.01.pdf) and they are quite depressing most applications to University for Nursing programmes are still from women and more come from disadvantaged backgrounds........this is such a serious issue we need more action from governments.

I realise there are other routes into nursing but we need big societal changes, I've read the article and I don't think there are hidden biases but much more serious factors.

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Jamie Waterall Jan 2, 2018

What actions would you recommend Andrew?

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Gill Phillips Jan 3, 2018

Mark Harris @Birthing4Blokes is an interesting guy to follow and perhaps get involved here. Male midwife with attitude!

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Lynnette Leman 8 months ago

Status label added: 5. Valuing diversity

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