Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Vol. 24, No. 4, 2017, pp. 30-38
Bioline Code: mj17045
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 24, No. 4, 2017, pp. 30-38
© Copyright 2017 - Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia
Difficulties Encountered by Final-Year Male Nursing Students in Their Internship Programmes|
Al-Momani, Mohammed Mahmoud
Background: The cultural norms of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia do not encourage men
to choose nursing as a career. Understanding male nursing students' experiences of their clinical
exposure to the nursing profession throughout their internship might increase their retention.
This study explored the experiences of final-year male nursing students as they transitioned to the
role of registered nurse.
Methods: A qualitative descriptive research design with an inductive content-analysis
approach was used. The experiences of 22 final-year male nursing students from three public
hospitals in a major city of Saudi Arabia were explored. The data were collected using focus-group
interviews and documentary analysis in March 2015 and May 2015.
Results: Content analysis revealed three major themes: the societal and cultural image
of male nurses, male students' engagement in nursing practice, and restructuring the internship
programmes' policies to suit male students' needs.
Conclusion: The findings reveal issues that mainly stem from negative social views of
nursing as a male profession. Considering the students' social and cultural needs during their
internship programme will facilitate their transition into the role of registered nurse and their
retention in the nursing profession.
qualitative research; nursing practice; internship training; nursing students; male nurses
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