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Males just 5% of total nurse population in United States, survey reveals

Physician Practice Advisor, December 27, 2006

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Men represent just 5.7% of the total U.S. nurse workforce, according to the 2006 Survey of Men in Nursing published by American Mobile Healthcare, the nurse staffing division of AMN Healthcare.

The survey, which had 1,583 respondents, found that job stability, ability to choose job location, and good income were the top three factors that affected respondents' decisions to become nurses.

More than two-thirds of survey respondents (70%) said that the fact that nursing is still largely considered a female profession had no effect on their decision to become nurses. In addition, 72% of men surveyed stated that they "never" or "occasionally" encountered gender discrimination in the workplace.

Eighty-five percent of men surveyed were "very" or "mostly" satisfied with their jobs. More than 90% said they would stay in the profession for the next five years. Go to the American Mobile Healthcare Web site for more information.