Publication Date


Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Daryl Canham

Second Advisor

Deepika Goyal


As increasing numbers of men enter the career of nursing, it is important that nursing educators identify areas of role strain and learning needs that may be different from their female counterparts This research project examined the role strain factors of nursing students who have completed the maternaVnewbom (obstetrical) clinical experience in a baccalaureate nursing program. The research question addressed in this research project was: Do male nursing students experience greater role strain than female nursing students in the matemaVnewbom setting? A convenience sample of male students (N=23) and a random sampling of female students (N=23) participated in this study. The Junior and Senior level nursing students who had completed the obstetrical rotation within the last 3 semesters were recruited to complete the Sherrod Role Strain Scale ( 40 question Likert scale survey tool) at specified times during fall semester 2008. Data was analyzed as grouped data and female/male responses were also compared. The overall score showed no gender differences in role strain (p value= 0.917). The four subcategories (Overload, Conflict, Incongruity, and Ambiguity) also did not reflect gender differences in this sample. The findings of this study did not support the concept of male students experiencing greater role strain than their female counterparts. Further studies examining role strain factors, student perceptions of role strain, and comparing men students in various nursing programs are recommended.

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