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Why More Men Should Consider Nursing

Nurses Are In High Demand
There is currently a shortage of qualified nurses. Tyana Daley writes: “Our country’s aging population is generating a growing demand for services like end-of-life and long-term care. More and more facilities are actively recruiting men into nursing as a way of addressing this critical shortage of qualified nurses.”
The Pay Is Great
It’s hard to argue with money. The average pay for nurses is around $65,000 in the United States. Considering how difficult it can be to find a job, let alone one that pays well, this is a fantastic benefit.
Some Men and Boys Are More Comfortable With Male Nurses
The simple truth is that some men and boys are more comfortable interacting with male nurses. This is understandable, especially when it comes to dealing with more…sensitive issues…Donna Fitzsimmons, a Professor of Nursing and Midwifery, says: “Boys, in particular, can find it hard to relate to women at times. Sometimes a male nurse can really bring out a side of a child that helps to lift their mood and allows them to feel more comfortable in a hospital setting.”
You Can Specialize to Your Heart’s Content
You can be an emergency room nurse and experience that heart-pumping thrill in person! Or maybe you’re outstanding with kids and would love working in a pediatric center. Or perhaps you have always been fascinated with human anatomy and would thrive in the operating room. The beauty of nursing is that there are so many options, including ER, pediatrics, anesthesia, flight, oncology, psychiatry, and much more.
Nursing Allows You To Be An Outstanding Example
If the gender stereotype of nursing is going to be broken, young boys need to meet more male nurses. They need to understand that the job isn’t only for women, and that men can enter the field and still be considered “manly” male nurses do incredibly “manly” things, like deal with bullet wounds, keep a person from bleeding out, help the weak recover, and countless other tasks. Compared to traditional male jobs, nursing is way more “manly” (We’re using the word in the old fashioned sense).
You Work in a Meaningful Job
So many jobs offer little to no actual job satisfaction. Sitting in a cubicle all day, attending pointless meetings, and working on weekends to get TPS reports filed isn’t a particularly rewarding way to live. Nursing, on the other hand, offers you the chance to make a meaningful day-to-day difference in people’s lives.
We’ve come a long way in shattering many harmful sexist ideas. While men don’t usually have to deal with nearly as many sexist stereotypes, they are subject to them when it comes to nursing. This needs to change.

Don’t let a gender stereotype hold you back from a fantastic career. They pay is great, you do meaningful work, and you can craft your career to your liking.

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