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Debra Robles


Let’s get real, gender expectations still permeate societal roles, and healthcare isn’t immune. The Role Congruity Theory explains the issues that arise when the societal roles prescribed to an individual do not align with the cultural stereotypes of the individuals chosen occupation. This theory gives us insight to the masculine characteristics expected of physicians and feminine characteristics expected of registered nurses, and what occurs when there is a “lack of fit” between gender stereotypes and stereotypes these occupations. This paper strives to begin a discourse of the issues regarding gendered stereotypes of these two careers, how these can lead to gender discrimination against female physicians and male registered nurses, and how these roles affect relations between these two fields. After revealing these issues and their root causes, it will attempt to provide solutions to minimize the gender roles assigned to these two fields and promote patient-centered team care.