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Attitudes of the Pula General Hospital patients towards nursing as a sex/gender marked profession

Roberto Licul orcid id orcid.org/0000-0002-6352-6881
Stjepka Popović


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To examine the attitudes of the Pula General Hospital patients related to nursing as a sex/gender
marked profession, to determine whether they perceive nursing as a predominantly female profession, and which
are determinants of attitudes toward nursing as a sex/gender marked profession. The questionnaire was distributed
to patients hospitalized at the Pula General Hospital in the period from January to March 2015. The total
of 250 questionnaires were handed out, and 228 patients filled questionnaire. The survey examined subjective
perception of the importance of gender, experience of receiving health care from male nurses, and sociodemographic
characteristics of respondents. The scale of attitudes toward nursing as a sex/gender marked professions
with 12 items of high reliability (Cronbach’s alpha 0.846) was developed.Almost every second patient (46%)
believes that the nursing profession is more suitable for women because they are caring and compassionate by
nature, 43.4% believe that women in general provide better health care than men, and almost a third (30.2%)
that nursing profession is for women. Respondents mostly agree that male nurses provide better health care
for people with disabilities, psychiatric patients, and the elderly because of their physical strength (52%), and
that female nurses provide better health care in wards with children because of their maternal instinct (49.1%).
Results of t-test and ANOVA confirmed that gender,, age, education, subjective evaluation of the importance of
gender, and the experience of receiving care from male nurses may be determinants of attitudes toward nursing
as a sex/gender marked profession. Although most patients reject the idea that nursing is a female profession,
a significant proportion of patients expressed stereotypical attitudes about nursing that are consistent with the
existing social stereotypes and reflect the social division of sex/gender roles.

Ključne riječi

men in nursing, patient attitudes, stereotypes, nursing, male nurse

Hrčak ID:

154723

URI

https://hrcak.srce.hr/154723

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