Barriers have existed, especially in the past, which have impeded the work necessary to develop the knowledge base of nursing. Many of these barriers are related to issues of gender and knowledge in a female-dominated profession like nursing. What are your views on the way in which gender has inhibited our growth as a knowledge-based profession and the view others have of our professional status?
History have taught us that society have a way of categorizing pretty much every thing, as long as it exist society have its take on it , what it should be, who it should be about and the list goes on. Take for instance gender roles, these roles are very much based on a standard or norm that society have created. The female role is mainly associated with a more nuturing/caring view while the male role view with more dominace and strength. The female in the home setting is mainly view as the caretaker, she washers cooks, clean, when a child get a scratch or any other injury their first instinct is to run to mommy to take care of it. While on the others hand the male is view as the provider, the head of the family, his role is view with dominance and strength, if a child was to get a scratch and run to daddy, most of the time the dad would reply go to your mother she will take care of it.
Nurturing is often associated with giving.The definition of nurture is care for and encourage the growth or development of, the process of caring for and encouraging the growth or development of someone or something. Nursing is define as the profession or practice of providing care for the sick and infirm. Now that nuture and nursing have been defined and the knowledge that society associated the female role mainly with nurturing, it can definitly be seen why society have categorized the nursing profession as mainly a female dominate role.
The article gender roles and differences states:The drive to adhere to masculine and feminine gender roles continues later in life. Men tend to outnumber women in professions such as law enforcement, the military, and politics. Women tend to outnumber men in care-related occupations such as childcare, healthcare, and social work. These occupational roles are examples of typical American male and female behavior, derived from our culture’s traditions. Adherence to these roles demonstrates fulfillment of social expectations but not necessarily personal preference.