'Becoming and overcoming': A qualitative meta-synthesis of the experiences of men in nursing academia.

Jonathan Bayuo, Kwan Ching Wong, Hammoda M.M. Abu-Odah, Kam Yuet Wong

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The experiences of men in nursing academia remain poorly understood globally as they remain a minority within the underrepresented male nursing populace.

To develop a comparative understanding of the experiences of male nurse educators.

We conducted a systematic review and meta-synthesis. Studies were considered eligible if they employed qualitative methodologies, contained verbatim quotes, published in a peer-reviewed journal and full-text available in English. An interpretive stance inspired by Ricoeur's hermeneutic approach was employed to undertake data analysis.

Five studies were retained in the study. Three themes and ten subthemes emerged. Becoming describes why male nurses enter and stay in academia. Although several factors may push them, they often experienced isolation requiring them to overcome leading to professional growth.

The space of becoming and overcoming can be a lonely and isolated journey, often with no role models to support the process. Mentorship and peer support programmes are required as male nurses' transition and remain in nursing academia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-106
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2022


  • Academia
  • Men
  • Nursing
  • Transitioning
  • meta-synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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