Men have been a part of the nursing profession for centuries. The latest statistics show they comprise just under ten percent of the nursing workforce. While this may seem small, the total percentage of men in nursing has grown steadily over the past decade.
As the minority, men must recognize the barriers and challenges they will face when entering the nursing workforce, and the great news is that these are often minimal.
Here are eight things men working as nurses need to know when adjusting to the profession:
- Society’s expectations
- Losing your man card
- Men are not compassionate
- Can I get a lift?
- Doctor drop-out
- It’s all in the name
- Unequal pay? Unequal opportunity?
- Patient refusal
You have complete control over how you respond and react to someone’s opinion and perception of you, a man in the profession of nursing. Be the positive, proactive, and confident liaison between what they know, what they should know, and who you truly are.
HorizonHealthcare Institute (HHI) is a culmination of nurse educators and business elites who have come to together to impart knowledge and to cultivate confident nurturing nurses who will be change agents in the ever changing field of healthcare. It is our core belief that knowledge is the fundamental tool required in order to garner success. It is this belief that has allowed HHI to continue to be a vehicle of success for students whom are motivated, driven and open to the possibilities.