SDW news brief: More men entering nursing from manufacturing jobs

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, March 23, 2012

As warehouses and automobile plants are closing down, men who made a living working those jobs are shifting careers and becoming nurses, according to a recent article in the New York Times. The article profiles several men in the Detroit area who are among the hundreds of men to take up nursing in the past several years, an increase that has led colleges such as Oakland University to establish programs specifically designed to retrain autoworkers in nursing.

Male registered nurses are rare and comprise only a small percentage of employed registered nurses in the country; a 2008 survey by the Department of Health and Human Services found that only 7% of registered nurses are men. However, the demand for male nurses is high, as the article points out, because they are better able to lift and move patients.

Source: The New York Times

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