Analysis Of Salary Differences Between Male And Female Nurses

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Despite the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which promised to eliminate the imbalance between wages, based on gender of workers, in the same position it has been shown that males earn more. This phenomenon has been branded as the ‘glass escalator’. Even in traditionally ‘feminine’ careers such as a teaching and nursing, males will earn more than a female counterpart with equal qualifications. In the research article titled “Salary Differences Between Male and Female Registered Nurses in the United States” published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the issue of unequal pay distribution between male and female registered nurses is addressed. The purpose of the study “was to examine salaries of males and females in nursing over time [...]” (Muench, Sindelar, Busch, Buerhaus, p. 1, 2015) The study results showed evidence that pointed in favor of the hypothesis that male nurses do indeed earn more than their female counterparts. In spite of this startling fact …show more content…
These turnover rates only increase with male nurses. Male nurses are generally less satisfied with their positions in comparison to their female counterparts. This could be due to many reasons, including the higher rates of burnout for men and lack of social acceptance for pursuing a female-dominated career. These factors are directly correlated with the concept of organizational citizenship behavior introduced by Dennis Organ. Organizational citizenship behavior is a term meaning anything positive and constructive that employees do, out of their own autonomy, which supports co-workers and benefits the company. (Organ, 1988). Workers who identify with their organization are more likely to engage in these behaviors and enjoying their profession. Unfortunately since nursing is seen as a female-only occupation it is difficult for male nurses to find an identity in the profession leading to higher turnover

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