Thesis Title

The Male Nurse and License Discipline in Missouri

Date of Graduation

Summer 2004


Master of Science in Nursing



Committee Chair

Susan Sims-Giddens


This study examined discipline against male nurses' licenses in the 2000 to 2003 period in the State of Missouri, in comparison to female nurse license discipline. Records of license discipline were accessed from Missouri State Board of Nursing quarterly public reports. Type of discipline, type of infraction, nurse gender, and level of the nurse's license were examined by correlation, cross tabulation, and Kruskal-Wallis H tests. It was found that males received 18.9% of the discipline, although they represent approximately 7.5% of Missouri nurses. In addition, males received more severe discipline, and severity of discipline was associated with license level but not with the number of infractions. Higher male rates of discipline were examined in light of the pressures of nursing culture, the concepts of male gender role elements, and the resulting masculine gender role stress that male nurses may experience. The implications of these outcomes include recognition that nursing culture may inadvertently promote and environment that is not conducive to male participation in nursing processes.


nursing, nursing culture, men in nursing, male nurses, masculine gender role stress, MGRS, nurse discipline

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