Sex-role classification and its relationship to scores on the Texas State Board test pool examination for registered nurses

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1985

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Introduction. Androgyny is a concept that is being applied to the changing sex-role stereotyped society. Nursing has been changing along with the times. Nursing, even though it is considered a feminine occupation, is assuming descriptive traits that would be considered masculine. Since the beginning of the Women's Liberation Movement, more nurses have viewed the ideal nurse as being androgynous. This study examined nursing behaviors more closely to determine if there were any relationships between nurses being psychologically androgynous and their success on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Problem. While a moderate amount of attention has been devoted to various methods of predicting success on the nurses' state board examinations, no study has been reported in the literature to determine if sex-role identity, as a characteristic of the nursing student, will have predictive ability. Information about sex-role identity and its relationship with levels of success would reveal to nursing educators the need to foster this characteristic in the nursing student. One hypothesis and two research questions were addressed. The hypothesis was: There will be a positive relationship between nurses' sex-role identity and their professional success. The two research questions were: 1. What is the relationship between the demographic variables of sex, age, marital status, religious preference, ethnic background, program preparation and state board examination scores? 2. What is the relationship between the demographic variables of sex, age, marital status, religious preference, ethnic background, program preparation and sex-role identity? [...]

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Nursing--Psychological aspects, Sex role

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