Only 9 percent of nurses are male. This number has increased and according to nursing school enrollments, will continue to increase, but more men need to seriously consider nursing as a career choice. There is a current nursing shortage that is only expected to grow in the future as more people grow older and require medical treatment.
I know many of you think nursing is only for women…but this is not true. In my four years of nursing in the ICU, I have worked mainly only with men. Most weekends it is me and three male nurses. Men do tend to choose jobs in the critical care areas of the hospital such as the ICU or the ER. Male nurses are welcome in most all areas of nursing with the understandable exception of labor and delivery in most health care settings.
As I was looking online for more information on male nursing, I found that there is even a magazine specifically geared towards male nurses called Male Nurse Magazine. There are special scholarship opportunities for male nursing students as well. The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) is dedicated to helping further the education of male nurses http://aamn.org/ .
They even have a forum for discussion of issues male nurses may want to discuss. Check out for more information on more potential assistance in paying for nursing school.
There are so many different areas in nursing that you are sure to find the one that is just right for you! So get up, turn off the football game and apply for nursing school today! Ok, just joking about the football….sometimes we watch it at work too…..I’m just sayin…
We hope all you male nurses, or potential male nurses, come back to NursesPTO.com and give us your perspective!