I found this article and thought you may want to read it. It's actually a letter to an editor about changing the title "Nurse." From NursingWorld.org
He says that he thinks the title should be "Medical Nurse" and then you can just shorten it to "Medic" if you want. However, the problem with his idea is there are ALREADY "Medics" out there (paramedics). I am sure they do not want to share their title and this would also confuse the public. When you say that you are a Medic, they will no dought think that you work on an ambulance.
Also, I don't think men are staying away from Nursing because of the title, although I could be wrong. I believe that men, especially young men, stay away from nursing because of their ignorance of what a nurse actually does. I am sure that if you ask a man, "why don't you want to be a nurse?", they will either say...."I don't want to wipe bottoms" or "I don't want to just take orders from a doctor." Many people do not understand/know that Nursing is more, a LOT more, than just wiping bottoms and "taking doctor's orders." They do not realize how much science, math, and independance nursing takes. The doctor is not always there and the NURSE must recognize S/S of disease processes, recognize when a pt is "going south," calculate drugs for administration, and many other task like these that require INTELLIGENCE. When the general public understands what all a Nurse does and how skilled/intelligent a nurse MUST be then I think you will see more men wanting to be a nurse; however, I do not agree that the title "Nurse" is what is keeping men away from nursing. Again, I could be wrong, but ask a male that says he doesn't want to be a nurse why and wait for his response. If he doesn't want to wipe someone's bottom....well, you can call him a Medical Specialized Skilled Life Saving Technician and he STILL would not want to be it...why? Because he doesn't want to wipe butts. However, If he "doesn't want to take orders from doctor's all day long" well then you can educate him on the fact that that's not what nurses do. Tell him exactly what a Nurse is and then MAYBE he will realize that men do belong in Nursing (if he can get past his ego, of course). I think education is the key and not name changing.
Let's not forget there IS a paramedic shortage also! What is the rationale for that? IF being a "medic" would really flood the Nursing profession with men then why is it not doing the same with...MEDICS? Just a thought. Also, I am a certified nursing assistant because I assist nurses. I was a certified medical assistant when I assisted doctors in a doctor's office (nursing/medical). And, now a lot of cna positions are called "patient care techs"..that really hasn't improved the numbers of men becoming cna's. Just another thought.