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  • 1 Department of Cultural History of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary
  • | 2 Semmelweis University Faculty of Health Sciences, Vas utca 17, H-1088, Budapest, Hungary
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Abstract

Abstract

The burdens of caring and curing professions are increased in the female workforce by duties of child-rearing and serving a family as well.

Aim

the objective of our research was to study and compare future and present family and career plans of students, respectively active professionals (nurses and female doctors), related to their physical and mental health and conflicts.

Methods

our cross-section research was carried out among female nursing college students (N = 226), female medical students (N = 117), and among professional nurses and female doctors in hospitals (N = 409).

Results

students consider parallel their future family and workplace roles. The number of children planned is the same as in the general population, but female medical students would like to have more children than nursing students. Professional nurses and female doctors estimate high both the family and workplace roles. Role conflicts are interrelating with their career and life satisfaction, health condition, and the prevalence of psychosomatic symptoms. Their roles as a social model in health promotion are rather questionable, for their insufficient health and risk behaviours.

Conclusions

we can state that there is a considerable tension and contradiction in planned and actual roles of future and present female workforce of Hungary's health care system. In many cases they are unable to fulfil requirements based on their social engagement. Relevant handicaps of nursing college students and female professional nurses are more prevalent, therefore we propose further analytic and comparative research in the future.

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Clinical and Experimental Medical Journal
Language English
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Foundation
2007
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ceased
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Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 2060-6249 (Print)
ISSN 2060-968X (Online)

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