Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Gender Roles with Doctors and Nurses
I've been thinking lately about gender roles in the medical community, especially regarding our doctors and nurses. In the past, it was difficult to find female doctors, but today, this is not so. Also, there remain many male doctors. But it is still considerably difficult to find male nurses. Personally, I believe this is because of the status associated with each position. In the past, women probably wanted to become doctors because the job was, and still is, perceived as above the job of a nurse. However, it is difficult to get men into nursing because it is on a lower level than that of a doctor. I'll admit, I've considered nursing a little bit myself (as there is such a strong demand for nurses), but I don't think I'd feel comfortable in a profession that is still heavily dominated by women. Perhaps, though there might be fewer instances where this is such, gender equality campaigns need to have a stronger focus on men. Feel free to comment.