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News spotlight: Recession draws more men to nursing profession in Maryland

Nurse Leader Insider, July 27, 2009

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More Maryland men are entering nursing schools and seeking nursing jobs during the current recession.

According to an article in The Baltimore Sun, the economic downturn has led to a new interest among males in the nursing profession and other traditionally female-dominated professions. With less layoffs occurring in the healthcare field than that in conventional "male" occupations, such as manufacturing and construction, many men are changing careers.

Area colleges, including Towson University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, are seeing an increasing number of male applicants as a result.

Statistics illustrate a significant gender gap in the state's unemployment rate in June. While10.6% of males were jobless in the month, only 8.3% of females were out of work

Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation predicts nursing will be one of the fastest-expanding job classes in the next decade.

Source: The Baltimore Sun



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