Issues for Men in Nursing

If you are a man considering a career in nursing, or are already a male nurse, here’s a great article from the UCSF School of Nursing. It contains valuable information and multiple resources for male nurses.

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For centuries, nursing was man’s work. And now we struggle to get men to become nurses. In the 21st century it seems hard to believe, but the issue of gender is still a huge barrier and stigma. Nursing is a profession and not a gender.

The AAMN (American Assembly for Men in Nursing) has set a goal to have 20% on the student nurse population be men by 2020 (20×20 campaign) and yet that goal may be more difficult to achieve than one might think.

This is an issue we all need to work together to fix. We need nurses, good nurses, and it doesn’t matter if they are male or female. Nursing is an art, and it isn’t for everyone. The same can be said for all careers in health care such as medical assisting. Those with the right inclination need to have an opportunity to make a difference.