'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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Abstract

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

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

Method
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.

Results
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.

Conclusion
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
Volume43
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2022

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing

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