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Nursing News: Increasing Male Nursing Students

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 23rd, 2012

An official American Assembly for Men in Nursing charter offers male nursing students at Seton Hall University College of Nursing a lot of support. The South Orange, N.J.-based university’s nursing program, which already exceeds national statistics for male enrollment, will likely grow because of this new charter. AAMN first appeared at Seton Hall last fall, and the chapter will receive its charter in October in San Francisco at the annual AAMN conference.

Eddie Cuza, a former medic in the Air Force, took advantage of a GI bill scholarship and applied to study nursing at Seton Hall. As the president of the student nurses’ association in fall 2011, Cuza and another student submitted an abstract about barriers for men in nursing to the AAMN. The men were invited to present their thesis at the annual AAMN national conference in Lexington, Ky.

After meeting the national directors and making contacts within the organization, the students were asked to start a chapter. The chapter started with eight members and now boasts about 20, though Cuza said he anticipates that number will increase by the end of the summer. The goal is to have 50 members by 2013.

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One response to “Nursing News: Increasing Male Nursing Students”

  1. Sue Tetef says:

    Since I have been in nursing I have seen a positive change in that more men are going into the nursing profession. I do not see “reverse discrimiation” where female nurses do not welcome male nurses on the unit. I find they are a nice change from the female dynamics on the unit.
    More men will enter the profession as nurse salaries increase since they are often (and now-a-days not the only) primary bread-winner.

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