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From Mechanic to Male Nurse?

by Suzanne Daniluk, RN on March 26th, 2012

Can a blue-collar working man find his niche in a female-dominated profession?
The answer is apparently affirmative, as greater numbers of men, laid off from their jobs in auto manufacturing plants, warehouses, and factories are choosing to retrain and redefine themselves as nurses.

Motivated by job security as demand for nurses expands amidst the nationwide shortage, men are taking another look at a career they may have dismissed as “women’s work”, where men remain a definite minority. Only about 7% of registered nurses are male and, until recently, their numbers had remained stagnant for years.  Now, with improved opportunity and faded stigma attached to male nurses (Ben Stiller’s Meet the Parents character aside), the percentage of men in nursing has increased during the past decade, and is expected to grow as more men view nursing as a viable alternative to their previously stable jobs, and undoubtedly, view “women’s work” from a whole new perspective.  We welcome them.

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