Back to Page Authors: Serpil Ozdemir, Buse Ikiatli, Feyza Demir

Keywords: Gender, Gender Perception, Entrepreneurship, Nursing, Nursing Students

Abstract: Background: As most of the nurses across the world are women, one of the barriers that should be overcome in sustaining professional development is gender inequality. Although entrepreneurship is considered to be one of the recently defined roles of nursing, it offers an expansion and development opportunity for the field of nursing. No research has been found in the literature that evaluates together the gender perceptions and entrepreneurship characteristics of nursing students. Objective: The aim of the current study is investigate the relationship between gender perception and the entrepreneurship characteristics of nursing faculty students. Design:This study design was cross-sectional. Settings:We targeted students in an university, in the capital city of Turkey. Participants:The sample consisted of 243 nursing students. Methods:The questionnaire form consisted with sociodemographic characteristics, “The Perception of Gender Scale (PGS)” and “The University Students Entrepreneurship Scale (USES)”, was used for data collection from nursing students in a classroom setting. Results:The PGS mean score was calculated to be 103.74±15.52, and the USES mean score was calculated to be 140.18±21.48 in this study. It was determined that there was a statistically significant, positive and moderate relationship between the PGS and USES mean scores (p<0.005). However, the gender perception of the students who were willing to continue postgraduate education and who were willing to work as academics was more positive and their entrepreneurship levels were higher than others in this study (p<0.005). Conclusions: The entrepreneurship levels of students increased as their positive attitudes towards gender increased in the study. The gender perception and entrepreneurship levels of nursing students should be determined and learning activities might be improved and carried out by academics in an effort to train entrepreneurial nurses of both genders. Providing new data on nursing students and nurses in different cultures may enhance different perspectives on the matter.