Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Date of Degree


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William Ellery Samuels

Committee Members

Juan Battle

Marlon Saria

Subject Categories



Gender Role Conflict, Student Satisfaction, Campus Climate, Men in Nursing, Male Nursing Students, United States


Background. Gender role conflict (GRC) has been identified in the literature as a contributing factor to male undergraduate students’ dissatisfaction with the nursing program. Utilizing Bandura’s social cognitive theory as guiding framework, this study examined the relationships between GRC, campus climate (CC), satisfaction with the nursing program (SS), and demographic factors among male undergraduate nursing students. Understanding the associations between these variables may inform success initiatives for these at-risk students.

Methods. A cross-sectional survey was developed from valid and reliable instruments. The Gender Role Conflict Scale – Short Form measured GRC; the adapted Inventory of Male Friendliness in Nursing Programs measured CC, and the Nursing Student Satisfaction Survey measured SS. With assistance from the National Student Nurses Association, the survey was administered to 100 male undergraduate nursing students across the US.

Results. Participants reported low levels of gender role conflict ( =3.53, range=1-6), moderate levels of student satisfaction ( =4.73, range=1-6), and low favorable perceptions of campus climate ( =3.05, range=1-5). Campus climate and nursing program type were significant predictors of student satisfaction. Male African American students tended to have lower student satisfaction and worse views of campus climate than their counterparts in other ethnic/ racial groups.

Implications. This study offers valuable insights on how to increase the proportion of men in the profession, amid widespread nursing shortage in this post-pandemic era.

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Nursing Commons