I know this will be off the track for this thread but... Just this morning on one of those newsy topic commentator short -type TV show spots was a short piece on men entering nursing. I think it latched onto the fact that it's Nsg Week.
Reporters/guests commented that men are SIGNIFICANTLY entering the nsg profession, but then they started noting some interesting details.
- for many men, nsg is a second career. Nsg jobs are avail where their first choices/jobs have been closed out
- men are NOT staying at the bedside, but moving into specialties and management/administration
- advanced education is a given usually
- salaries for men in the field were more than that for women. Early in their practice and as they moved up the ladder
They gave statistics and percentages that I would like/need to check for accuracy/veracity.
At first, that last info disappointed and angered me. But then I remember how salaries and general public perception of teachers and the education profession evolved post-WW II.
There was a need for more teachers post-WW II for the new baby boomer generation being born. Returning GIs took advantage of the GI bill and went on to school to earn their teaching credentials as the jobs were out there. Initial salaries & working environments left much to be desired for a traditional women-dominated profession.
But men entering the field weren't going to settle for such minimal wages/benefits. Remember that these men were trained, ex-military and many previously employed in a unionized labor workforce and they were needing to be the financial support for their families (women were still June Cleaver/Donna Reeds). The field/plight of teaching IMPROVED with time to today's standards. The guys brought up teaching to professional status.
Think about academia today. So many professors, deans, provosts, presidents, etc of our most prestigious facilities are well educated, credentialed men who are VERY well paid. Women are trying to get there, but they do lag behind. Women still staff the lower grade schools (where the bambinos are). Is this saying something to us???
I can go o & on about an aging baby boomer population (needs similar to the other far end of the age spectrum). And we are still a female-dominated profession. I see it changing but it will take time. I see men in the field as positive change.
Sorry for the soap-box.