Learning Objective 1: understand the relationships between the dimensions of role stress, organizational commitment, and intentions to quit among male nurses.
Learning Objective 2: identify best predictors of male nurse intentions to quit the nursing profession.
Methods: A total of 91 male nurses volunteered to participate in this cross-sectional research. Research results were based on data collected from questionnaires sent by mail to participants. A total of 76 valid questionnaires were returned and used in analysis (response rate =83.5%).
Results: Patients, colleagues and society were found as the major sources of role stress for male nurses. These sources of stress, and the resultant intention to quit on the part of male nurses, are due in significant part to the widespread stereotyping of the profession of nursing as a “woman’s occupation”. Such stress pressures male nurses to consider quitting to take jobs in other professional fields. Role stress is correlated to intention to quit among male nurses. Role stress and years of service are highly relevant predictors of male nurse intention to quit and leave the nursing profession, explaining 33.8% of variability.
Conclusion: Various levels of education and society, promotion of male and female equality are strongly suggested. There is also a need for psychological consultation as well as the promotion of male nurse role models to prevent male nurses turning away from nursing careers.
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