Male Nurses: Wanted and Why They Should Accept

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Nursing is a field that has always been identified with the female gender so much so that when you ask little boys what they want to be when they grow up becoming a nurse never comes up. Most likely you will hear that they want to become a doctor, policeman, soldier, fireman, or lawyer but never a lawyer. Maybe it is because the most popular person associated with the profession is Florence Nightingale or because nurses are most often seen as the woman in nurses uniforms with white cap, or worse because they are seen as just the assistants or aides of the mighty doctors. Whatever the reasons may be, boys don’t ever dream of becoming a nurse. FYI: years ago, nursing schools were only for men.

With the economic problem and the uncertainty of their situation, with some men losing their jobs when the manufacturing companies they worked with are closing, more and more are trading their overalls with nurses scrubs.

There has certainly been a great increase in the number of male nurses over the years but there is still a long way to go for them. Data shows that in 1972 the male nurses comprised only 1.4 percent of the overall registered nurses population. According to 2008 Department of Health and Human Services survey, the number of male nurses doubled over the years that in 2008 they comprised 6.6 percent of the total RN population. With the current nursing shortage, as well as the impending shortage in the nursing workforce because of the aging trend, there is a good reason for boys to start thinking of becoming a nurse.

Gender Distribution of RNs in the US

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Population of Licensed Registered Nurses (1992 - 2008)

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Year  
Total Estimated Licensed  
Male  
Female  
1992
2,239,816
88,6123
2,149,398
1996
2,558,874
124,630
2,433,277
2000
2,696,540
146,902
2,549,638
2004
2,909,357
168,181
2,740,144
2008
3,063,162
202,491
2,860,671
This is the comparison of the number of male and female nurses licensed from 1992 to 2008.

The facts show that nursing is one of the best jobs that one could have. In fact, according to US News, nursing ranked 1st for the best 25 jobs for 2012 stating that “The nursing profession will almost always have great hiring opportunity because of its expanse (from pediatric care to geriatric care, and everything in between). And as a substantial chunk of our population ages, the necessity for qualified RNs intensifies.”

And what the male gender may not know is that nursing offers flexible schedules, rewarding experiences, more career options, good pay and a really good chance to be of help and service to others. Job security is guaranteed especially as the baby boomers are set to retire and are, truth be told, aging. Particular with career options, just like in other careers, men actually earn more than the women, even in nursing.

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Take for example the nursing specialty nurse anesthetists. Male nurses may only comprise 7.1 percent of the total number of employed RNs in 2008 but they comprised 41.1% of nurse anesthetists, which is the third largest Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and the highest paid group of APRNs and the highest paid of all nurses. So if we simply talk about financial benefits then men can foresee good days ahead. According to the data from the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, a bigger percentage at 75.6 percent of male nurses work in the hospital setting compared to only 61.2 percent of women. Female nurses are inclined to work in ambulatory setting, home health, nursing homes, and in academic education, which has actually the lowest number of male RNs.

The lower number of male nurses also gives them more opportunities since hospitals would really hire them outright. To quote one article I read about male nurses: Once he finished, the Sheffield Manor administrator, LaKeshia Bell, pretty much hired him on the spot. “They are like a hot commodity,” she said. “A male presence actually helps us in the facility.” At 5 feet 9 inches tall and 220 pounds, Mr. Edwards lifts patients as easily as he stacked boxes.

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So in this trying times, a career in nursing should not scoffed at nor stereo-typed as just for females or that those men who decide to become nurses are gay or effeminate. Yes at this moment there are more women nurses but certainly they have never tried to close it off for men. The male gender is wanted in this career and now we know how easy and important it is that they accept the challenge. The women in nursing would certainly love to have more men with them, that is if you are man enough to accept the challenge.

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addingsense 4 years ago from kerala

you are right about the male nurses. i am pretty sure that in future such questions will arise.

thanks for such an information and an attractive hub.

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Marie-Renee 4 years ago Author

Thanks addingsense for taking the time to read my hub as well as for the comment. hopefully more boys will be encouraged to pursue nursing since it is a career worth pursuing.


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addingsense 4 years ago from kerala

yes. there are a lot of chances. But i want to say that nobody kindly do not look it as a money making job other than a service


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Marie-Renee 4 years ago Author

definitely true...


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freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain

Male nurses are very welcome as they do a great job and are often easier to talk to than females ! Voting this up . I found you in the forums so came over to have a look at what you write about .


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Marie-Renee 4 years ago Author

Thanks Kris,

Yes, male nurses do help a lot and are very much needed in nursing. Some though feels that it is more a woman's career so they tend to avoid it. Hopefully my hub can help them realize that male nurses are very much needed and appreciated these days. Thanks for reading and for the comment and vote.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A well informed hub on male nurses, helpful points made here.


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Marie-Renee 3 years ago Author

Thanks Devika! I try to research as much as possible so as to give correct info that may help other people.


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georgescifo 3 years ago from India

Of late the number and scope of the male nurses have declined in India and am still wondering about the reason behind that.


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Marie-Renee 3 years ago Author

@georgescifo, the numbers of male nurses are declining in India?...uhmm maybe you can also write a hub about it? Thank for taking the time to read my hub and your comments.


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georgescifo 3 years ago from India

yes..Marie..will write something about that :)


Jerry 3 years ago

Couldn't agree with you more on the need for more male nurses. My mom is a nurse at the Mayo and they are always short-handed. It's a shame more men don't take a nursing career more seriously.

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