Men in Nursing

Read this Q & A to discover why there are more men in nursing than ever before.

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Learn About the Opportunities for Men in Nursing

With the current nursing shortage and demand for qualified nurses, the health care industry is hiring nurses, and they’re not just hiring women. Men in nursing are becoming more and more popular and for good reason—there are many opportunities and good pay.

Read the question and answer below to learn more about men in nursing and whether it is the right career move for you. Then find a nursing school and start your training today.

What percentage of American nurses are men?

According to the 2016 U.S. Census, approximately nine percent of American RNs are men—and that number is on the rise.

Why would I want to be a nurse?

Contrary to what you may think, nurses have unlimited opportunities for career development.

Do you want to work in a challenging, fast-paced environment?

Critical care nurses and military nurses have some of the most demanding and interesting jobs available.

Want to be on the cutting edge of science?

Nurse researchers and practitioners often have opportunities to employ the latest medical technologies.

Interested in a career in business that incorporates your desire to improve patient quality of life?

You might want to consider a joint MSN/MBA program to meet the criteria for a career in administration as well as nursing.

Need to work different shifts to spend time with your family?

Many nurses are not constrained by the 9-to-5 work shift that others must accept.

What are some of the advantages for men in a nursing career?

Many nurses, male and female, enjoy the amount of time that they can spend with patients on a daily basis. Nurses can work with any social group in countless settings, from county general hospitals to private family practices. Increasingly, doctors and nurses view each other as peers in the health care field; nurses are respected members of the profession who bring their own unique experiences to the field. So this can be a great profession for both women and men in nursing with today’s many opportunities!

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