Men in Nursing Education
Mapping Educational Practices and Student Experiences in Iceland, Denmark, and Norway
Men make up only 2 % of nurses in Iceland, 3.5 % in Denmark, and 9 % in Norway. What can educational institutions do to recruit and retain more male nursing students?
This is the question we seek to answer in a new Nordic collaboration. In 2017-2018, Reform - Resource Centre for Men (Norway), University of Akureyri School of Health Sciences (Iceland), Jafnrettisstofa - Centre for Gender Equality (Iceland), and the Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University (Denmark) will partner to find solutions to the low enrolment of men in nursing programs. The project is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers through the Nordic Gender Equality Fund.
The low numbers of men in caring professions represent a paradox for the Nordic countries, which usually score high on gender equality. Challenging gender-traditional educational choices so that people’s competencies can be used in the best possible way is important if we are to create a sustainable, diverse, and more gender equal working life.
The project partners will map institutional practices at selected nursing programs in Iceland, Denmark, and Norway. The mapping will include interviews with students, faculty, and leadership, as well as an examination of the program’s curriculum and recruitment practices.
The project will result in updated knowledge on gendered experiences in nursing education and what educational institutions in Iceland, Denmark, and Norway are currently doing to recruit and retain male students. Through the mapping process at six different institutions, we expect to strengthen faculty, leadership, and students’ awareness of the importance of gender-sensitive practices in education.
Based on the findings, we will develop recommendations for recruiting and retaining men in nursing education. The recommendations will be collected in a report and a short-hand leaflet, and disseminated among educational institutions and nursing unions in all five Nordic countries. It is our hope that the knowledge from the project will stimulate increased Nordic collaboration to challenge gender-segregation in the labour market.