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  • Ensjö, Joel
    et al.
    The Swedish Red Cross University College.
    Sundblad, Jenny
    The Swedish Red Cross University College.
    Ska du inte bli läkare istället?: En intervjustudie med manliga sjuksköterskestudenter2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Since the 1950's the nursing education in Sweden has been open to both sexes, but men are still a minority among the students in the nursing schools. Men still account for less than 15 percent of the students in the nursing programs in Sweden. Although efforts have been made to increase the proportion of men, the proportion has been relatively constant since the beginning of the 2000s. Aim: To describe how male nursing students experience being a minority at their education. Method: An empirical interview study with semistructured questions was conducted with nine male nursing students. A content analysis was conducted. Result: Three categories emerged from the analysis: they are meet with unexpected surprise from the people around them, others having expectations of them making physically heavy or technical tasks, or expectations that they want to become something else and gaining advantages over their female fellow students; they get more attention. Conclusion: Male nursing students considered themselves differently treated because they were men. Men who train themselves to become nurses are breaking society's expectations of how a nurse should be. Implications: The result may form the basis for further studies on how male students at the nursing program experience their education.