Nursing

Tips for recruiting male nurses

Nurse Leader Insider, October 20, 2016

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There’s no denying it: nursing is a women-dominated profession. In 2011, the census reported that only 8.1 percent of nurses were men. With staffing concerns on the rise, what can you do to make the profession more appealing to men?

Overcome stereotypes
One of the major hurdles to attracting men to the profession is the stereotype that nursing is a profession only for women. It’s true that nursing rose with Florence Nightingale and was traditionally a feminine profession, there’s also a great tradition of male nurses, starting in World War II, where they served in field hospitals and psychiatric nursing facilities.

One of the other big misconceptions for potential nurses is the image of a nurse as physician helpers, whose job is only to give baths and hand out medication. There are more opportunities in nursing than ever before, with varied career paths and a lot of flexibility.

Get them early
It’s important to get the message out to young men that might have an interest in health care and nursing. Chief Nursing Officers suggest that nurses should work to educate high school students about the benefits and opportunities for nurses, and have male nurses participate in community events, job fairs, and career days. Better mentorship programs that allow students to shadow male nurses could also be helpful. Hearing male nurses speak about their passion and showing young men that they can do it too would make a huge difference.

For more anecdotes from male nurses, click here.
 



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