Improving the recruitment of males to undergraduate nursing programmes

The gender inequality in recruitment in nursing is an issue recently highlighted by Hugh Masters, Associate Chief Nursing Officer and honorary Professor of the University of Dundee, in a visit to the University of Dundee and one long recognised by the School of Nursing and Health Sciences as problematic. Current admission figures indicate our intake is approximately 92% female to 8% male, which is far from the ECU target of a 75/25 split.

Zamanzadeh et al. 2013). In the United Kingdom there is little in terms of focused research. Studies which have been done abroad have some relevance however with so little work undertaken in the UK, it is difficult to establish generalisability (Mulholland 2008; Pryjmachuk 2009). In addition, Scotland now differs significantly from England in that it retains the bursary system.

This project aims to gather the views and experiences of current male nursing students about the facilitators and barriers to choosing nursing as a career. We will use the information gathered to improve our recruitment strategy, with a view to increasing the numbers of males recruited to undergraduate nursing programmes, which now include Masters, Honours and Ordinary Degree options.

Jacqueline Eccles, School of Nursing and Health Sciences

This Case Study won the University’s Inclusive Practice Award in 2017:

School of Nursing – Inclusive Practice Award Submission 1

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