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A survey of demands for male nurses in hospitals

LIANG Yinji1, XIAO Dan1, CAI Yingjie2, YANG Qiaohong1(1. Dept. of Nursing Ji'nan University Medical School, Guangzhou 510630, China;2. Dept. of Emergency, the Second Affiliated Hospital, Guangzhou Medical College, Guangzhou 510630, China)  
Objective To understand the recognition, acceptance and demand for male nurses in hospital so as to provide basis for the training and use of male nurses. Methods A stratified sampling was used to investigate among doctors, nurses, patients and their relatives in 5 hospitals in Guangzhou. Results Among 682 subjects in the survey, 61.6% of them knew the existence of male nurse, 84.3% were willing to accept their nursing care. 85.0% thought the department of psychiatrics needed male nurse, 67.4% thought the department of emergency did and 58.1% thought the operation room did. The factors influencing male nurses mainly included traditional ideas (84.5%), sex discrimination (56.9%), laughing from the relatives and friends (43.7%) and objection from family members (38.9%). Conclusion Hospitals need male nurses in a certain degree. It is suggested hospitals draw more attention of males to the nursing career. As a result, male nurses can exert their advantages, which is beneficial to the completion and advance of nursing.
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