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Nurse Recruitment: More Male Nurses Needed

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 16th, 2016

I pride myself in being pretty strong, but when the alcoholic I cared for became combative during detox, and when elderly man with dementia got combative, I was grateful to have the strength and support of a physically stronger male nurse.

When I graduated from nursing school, only 2.5 percent of RNs were male. Today, men make up 11 percent of registered nurses in the United States, but The American Assembly for Men in Nursing hopes to pump that statistic up to 20 percent by 2020.

recruit male nurses As a matter of fact, legal barriers kept men out of the field and nursing schools often refused to admit men until it was deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case brought against a state-supported school in 1981.

Today, schools are actively pursuing higher male enrollment in their nursing programs. Relatively high wages and expanding job opportunities make this field attractive, offering stability.

The state of Florida in 2008 launched a campaign called, “Are you man enough to be a nurse?” Billboards popped up around the state showing masculine, attractive, male nurses representing a range of backgrounds.

We need more nurses of both genders to combat the looming nursing shortage. How are you recruiting and retaining nurses? Visit SelfCare for HealthCare to learn the #1 way to get nurses to sign on and stay on.

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