Q+A piece: Men in Nursing and why there are no grants for men pursuing nursing school - page 3

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  1. by   cjcsoon2bnp
    Here is my on the issue.

    I was just accepted into nursing school for the fall but before I was accepted I was told by a lot of students that I shouldn't worry because "I'm a guy and all guys get in" and I was offended by it. I worked my butt off for a 3.8 GPA and I believe that is why I was accepted not because I possess the XY chromosomes. I realize men are a minority in nursing and should have opportunities to learn about nursing and join the profession but I don't think that there needs to be nursing scholarships or grants that only men can win. However, I also believe that other minorities in nursing shouldn't have special scholarships and grants that only they can win because of what minority group they belong to. For me it comes down to a matter of being fair, if other minority groups get to have special scholarships and grants for nursing then I think that men should have them too, since they are also a minority group in nursing. Honestly, I'm not big of the whole affirmative action thing. I believe that industries and professions should have to make sure that they have diverse employees but having to meet a quota or offer grants/scholarships/opportunities that only those groups can qualify for isn't right, IMO. Encouraging minorities to pursue nursing (or any other field) is great but by offering programs that only they can qualify for is giving one group an advantage over another group and I thought the whole point of the system was to give all people an equal chance.

    Quote from futureTMA
    All people should be measured on an objective scale (as much as possible) like Nursemike was giving an example of. Tales of preferential treatment are part of the stereotype, but this is not to say they're baseless. This treatment depends largely on the situation and is anecdotal at best. However, you should also consider that the average man entering nursing is 30 years old, coming from another career, and many have families. So if I was a nursing school administrator, I would be giving preference over these guys (and women in the same boat) over 18 year olds (either gender) if they're close on the scale because of the commitment factor.
    This gets back to the quote from the previous poster above which has some good points but I disagree with giving preference to anyone (the poster says they would give preference to an older student with a family versus 18 year olds.) I understand why they might feel that way but I am one of those 18 year olds (actually 21) and I worked my butt off for my spot and I don't think that anyone should be given preference over me for any reason unless their grades are better than mine. I certainly support second career students returning to school to become nurses but their situation at home or other commitments shouldn't have any impact on if they get a spot in a nursing program or not. I know this sounds mean but why should an 18 year old with good grades miss out on a spot because a 35 year old with good grades is married and has two kids at home. I know this sounds a little ideal but I think that nursing schools should have students be assigned an ID number, so applications will have ID numbers on them instead of names and the only qualifying factors are the GPA and if you have applied to the program before (and how many times you have previously applied.) By doing that, factors such as gender, race, marital status, nationality, pervious career and age (just to name a few) are eliminated and applications have the most level playing field.

    I should make it clear that I am a huge advocate of minority groups in nursing and second career nurses and I think that they should be actively recruited into the nursing field. But I think that we should be working to make more programs (financially and otherwise) that can benefit all nursing students versus programs that only certain students can benefit from. Feel free to start the blasting if necessary.

  2. by   OregonBSN
    Finally a grant for Dudes....

    58 schools in 31 states were granted $7 million total for their entry level Accelerated BSN and Masters programs: New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program.

    Here is an excerpt from the press release:

    Scholarship award preference is given to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    If your chromosomes read XY you are under represented in the nursing population. My school's press release went as far as noting "caucasian males" as part of the minority mix.

    Check the school list on the link, if you are a guy entering an accelerated program you may be in luck!

    P.S. If you get one of the scholarships, you better write a thank you letter for all the cash they are throwing at you...
  3. by   UVA Grad Nursing
    Our Masters Entry Nursing program is one of those awarded funds under the above prorgam. All the men in our entering class this year received $10,000 scholarships. Students of color, as well as those who met other disadvantaged criteria also qualified for these scholarships.

    Among other 'hats', I also coordinate financial aid for our graduate nursing programs. Besides managing the HRSA and foundation grants that I write, I also oversee 70+ named scholarships (each with different criteria). Of these dozens of private and endowed grants, only one of these is gender-restricted (for unmarried, Christian women). I am able to provide some aid (20-100% scholarship) to over 90% of those who ask for assistance.

    If you know men interested in entering nursing, encourage them to look at the schools that have qualified for the New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (link above). This year I had more grants than I had men enroll.