Do we want nursing to be less female-centric? It doesn’t feel like it.
Few men teaching in nursing schools. Despite the experience of nurses above, there is a certain amount of discrimination in OB sections in school, interestingly, as someone pointed out the percentage of male physicians in OBGYN has no correlation with the amount of male nurses in the same specialty.
Though I will be excoriated, the name isn’t inviting for men (please don’t try to make the argument that “nursing” isn’t a female signaling title), though I knew what I was getting into it isn’t inviting for many men as evidenced by men staying away in droves. Policemen, firemen, etc were forced to change their titles and their female ranks swelled.
I may be part of the problem, I have often described myself as, “not that kind of nurse.” I have always been in areas that are, as described by others, male friendly areas (administration, emergency, flight, CCT). I didn’t go there because I was excluded elsewhere, I just felt more comfortable in these areas.
What do we do to make the profession more attractive to men (and women) as we are short of nurses in many areas with the projection that the shortage will only get worse. Emphasize the valuable nature of the work, stop referring to it as a calling (we aren’t priests and nuns), emphasize the good schedules and pay, the transportability of the profession, and the ability to change specialties and advance into leadership, education, or advanced practice specialties if one desires.
Disclaimer: My opinions are my own and do not reflect the opinions of my current or previous employers.