ERIC Number: ED279971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Comparative Importance of Relationship Oriented vs. Nonrelationship Oriented Factors for Men in the Nontraditional Employment of Nursing.
Although much attention has been focused on women moving into work roles traditionally held by men, men who work in a profession or occupation with a high proportion of women essentially have been overlooked. Questionnaires were completed by 61 male alumni from a school of nursing in a study which attempted to: (1) describe demographic characteristics of respondents; (2) develop reliable measures to test the hypothesis that men pursuing nontraditional careers find relational aspects of their work more important than financial, power, or prestige aspects; (3) compare responses from career and job instructional sets; (4) determine what demographic variables relate to men in nontraditional employment; and (5) identify, through open-ended questions, reasons that men work in nontraditional careers. The measures were determined to have adequate internal reliability using Chronbach's alpha. A factor analysis supported that the combined scales contained in the measure were responding to two distinct concepts. There was support for the hypothesis that men in the nontraditional role of nursing found the relational aspects of their job more important than the money, power, or prestige. There was little difference between the respondents' view of their career and their specific job. No patterns emerged from the analysis of the demographic data. Responses to the open-ended questions indicated that men in nursing liked relating to patients and peers yet had concerns regarding job security and job satisfaction. (Four pages of references and nine data tables are included.) (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (67th, Long Beach, CA, April 23-26, 1987).