The Male Nurse in Healthcare
Less than ten percent of nursing school students enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Master of Science in Nursing program are men. Many cite reasons of prejudice or uncertainty when deciding against a career in nursing, choosing to work within the medical field in a different capacity. Nurses, however, are not defined by gender when it comes down to patient care, and more men are putting aside any hesitation to enter into nursing school and the nursing work force. These men are not only growing in number, but are also benefitting from many of the programs offered specifically to recruit male nurses. States like Florida are offering incentives to male nurses, helping to broaden the range of care given to patients and eliminate much of the stereotype surrounding male nurses. Plus, as a solution to the nursing shortage across the country, the recruitment of men into nursing can be one of the best tactics to help eliminate worries over health care providers.
Nurses, no matter the gender, are some of the most important health care providers for those experiencing illness, recovering from an injury or seeking medical advice and preventative care services. The male perspective on health care can translate well in the field of nursing, providing an insight to patients that can not only benefit health concerns, but also be instrumental in eliminating the gender bias that exists in the different healthcare roles.