Male Nurse Practitioners: The Effectiveness of University Recruitment Programs

Male Nurse Practitioners: The Effectiveness of University Recruitment Programs

Author: 
Phillip Dean Armitage
Program of study: 
D.H.A.
Abstract: 
The study explored the perception of licensed male nurse practitioners (NPs) regarding the shortage of males in the profession and their recruitment experiences. There are a small number of licensed male NPs compared to licensed female NP in the United States. The methodology presented the exploration of licensed male NPs and their views of recruitment of male nurses into the NP programs. Sampling stratagem was licensed male NPs form Houston, Texas. The study explored the lived experiences and knowledge of these licensed male NPs in past recruitment processes of these NP programs. The participants revealed through an open-ended survey and an in-depth interview by phone their experiences of entering the NP programs. Four themes were identified and no welldefined recruitment processes for males into NP programs from universities. These four themes were personal convenience, professional decisions on their own nurse practitioner pathway, male perceived as breadwinners, and the profession was still recognize as a female profession. The consensus of the participants thoroughly agreed that there were no real recruitment processes in place at these universities. There were external selfpromotional factors for NP programs from work experience and peer-to-peer conversation. The participants agreed that there was a need for change in recruitment practices of male NP students in these universities. The study strengthens the existing literature of lack of males presently in the nursing field. Prior studies have revealed gender biases and stereotyping of the nursing profession. The study explored the views of licensed male NPs and provided a unique view of these professionals on their experiences of the recruitment process into NP programs.
Dedication: 
To my family, my wife Kathi, daughter Nicole, and my two sons Zachary and Jacob, for all your support during these last three years. I would especially like to thank Kathi for all the stress I put her through, and now it was Kathi’s time to start the educational journey. Zachary, thank you for all the time you dedicated to reading all my papers, even while being on the president’s list while completing your BSN degree. Nicole and Jacob, thank you for all the support in letting your dad hide-away in the office while I finished these three years of coursework. To my parents and parents-in-law who continually push for success in the world, thank you for letting me follow in your shoes. To my academic family and faculty, whose guidance fortified with wisdom directed me on the path to success; it was a great journey. Finally, I would like to dedicate this to all who continue to learn: the mind is a sponge with endless amounts of knowledge that can be absorbed; never stop learning.
Acknowledgements: 
The study would have not been possible without the assistance and support of many people, including my family, friends, my mentor, and my committee. Dr. Alex Kadrie served as my mentor and provided motivation, encouragement, and inspiration. Dr. Kadrie, thank you for your valuable time you set aside to take me through the rigorous but rewarding study. Dr. John Schibler and Dr. Anne Hallcom, thank you for participating on my committee. You both graciously gave your time, knowledge, experience, and leadership to help me complete my journey. I would like to acknowledge my whole family. Without you, I have nothing, and you fill my heart with love and support every minute of the day. I am truly lucky to have you all in my life. Thank you and I love you all.