Attitudes of female nurses and female residents toward each other: a qualitative study in one U.S. teaching hospital.

Title

Attitudes of female nurses and female residents toward each other: a qualitative study in one U.S. teaching hospital.

Creator

Wear Delese; Keck-McNulty Cynthia

Publisher

Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Date

2004
2004-04

Description

PURPOSE: To describe the attitudes of female nurses and female resident physicians toward each other in surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics-gynecology, and emergency medicine in one Midwest teaching hospital in the United States. METHOD: Using a qualitative methodology, 51 women were interviewed in 2002: 28 nurses and 23 residents. Questions were asked to determine if and how female nurses and female residents believed gender was a factor in their interprofessional relationships, how each described their relationship with the other, the kind of assistance female nurses provide to female residents, the kind of assistance sought by female residents, and the strengths and challenges of the female nurse-female resident relationship. Data were analyzed using NUD*IST software. RESULTS: Consistent with similar studies conducted in Norway and Australia, the results include the following: For female nurses, occupation is secondary to gender, which is to say that gender is the most important link between female nurses and female residents. For female residents, gender is secondary to occupation/occupational status. CONCLUSIONS: With the number of female residents increasing each year in hospitals, this relationship should be further examined so that dysfunctional communication patterns between the two groups can be challenged.

Subject

*Attitude of Health Personnel; *Internship and Residency; *Physician-Nurse Relations; Australia; Communication; Female; Focus Groups; Gender Identity; Hospitals; Humans; Male; Norway; Nurses/*psychology; Physicians; Sexual Behavior; Teaching; United States; Women/*psychology

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

291–301

Issue

4

Volume

79

Citation

Wear Delese; Keck-McNulty Cynthia, “Attitudes of female nurses and female residents toward each other: a qualitative study in one U.S. teaching hospital.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed January 28, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/4239.

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