• To learn about the lack of gender diversity in nursing
• To understand how men and transgender and nonbinary people can sometimes be discouraged from becoming nurses
• To familiarise yourself with specific techniques that could improve gender diversity in nursing
Despite recent discussions and campaigns to widen nursing’s appeal to people of diverse gender identities, it continues to be perceived as a largely female profession. In the context of an ageing workforce, and alongside recruitment and retention challenges, efforts should be directed at developing a more inclusive profession rather than focusing on why people other than women do not become nurses. To attract more men, transgender people and those who identify as nonbinary, as well as women, the approach to nursing recruitment needs to change. The profession must develop a more inclusive culture and examine and promote the advantages that gender diversity can bring to nursing.
This article explores the lack of gender diversity in contemporary nursing, briefly examines the history of gender in nursing, and considers how the profession might evolve into a more gender-diverse and inclusive workforce.
Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2021.e2010Peer review
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Quinn BG, O’Donnell S, Thompson D (2021) Gender diversity in nursing: time to think again. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2021.e2010
Published online: 08 November 2021
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