Socio-cultural Recognitions of Nursing in Makeni, Bombali District, Northern Sierra Leone

Socio-cultural, recognitions, nursing, gender


  • Mohamed Bangura
    Lecturer One, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone
March 11, 2023


Makeni nursing is a female governing vocation making it laborious for men in the vocation to be outstanding in their tender dimensions as nurses. This research positioned at recognising and recounting male and female employed nurses' awareness of and recognition of socio-cultural sway on the enlistment and powers of recall of men in the nursing vocation and also investigate their skills in imparting confidential management to patients of contrasting gender. The research embraced a qualitative research methodology: 18 male and 13 female employed nurses were purposively sampled and were interviewed utilising semi-structured inquiries. Themes of nursing, seen as a women’s industry; low standing; taint; thoughtful, and assisting others, evolved. Sentiments of unease and discouragement, panic, and objection to care were observed when imparting familiar care to patients of the opposite gender; this has directed male participants to evolve a master plan to shelter themselves from sensual claims. The Makeni nursing pedagogy institutions have inadequate facilities for male employed nurses; there is an absence of male function models, and feminine pronouns are utilised when associating with vocational nurses. Obviously, socio-cultural recognitions of nursing enforce a negative image. The toiling experienced by male and female employed nurses when imparting familiar care and the absence of male-cordiality in nursing pedagogical institutions were explored. These elements will direct a more distant shrink in the enlistment and powers of recall of men in nursing; qualified and bright nurses are resigning from the vocation.