Although the atmosphere for men in nursing is changing, prejudice towards male nurses remains with us today. The common assumption that nurses are female has often made it difficult for males to embrace the nursing profession. In fact, a May 2011 report by the American Nurses Association shows that only 6.8% of nurses of the 3.1 million RNs employed in the United States are men. However, in somewhat encouraging news, a 2011 study by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing showed that, “…the percentage of men in baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs are 11.4% and 9.9%, respectively. In doctoral programs, 6.8% of students in research-focused programs and 9.4% of students in practice-focused programs are men.The survey also found that roughly only 13% of students enrolled in nursing schools are men.”

Chad O’Lynn, RN, PhD, and author of A Man’s Guide to a Nursing Career, believes men have much to offer as nurses. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine proclaimed that the nursing workforce must become more diverse in terms of gender, race, and ethnicity if health care quality is to be realized. And, although more men are entering nursing, the pace of increase has been glacially slow. O’Lynn states that we must recruit and retain more men for the nursing profession to progress. A Man’s Guide to a Nursing Career is a nuts and bolts guide to a career in nursing—from the earliest consideration of a nursing career through education and clinical practice—designed specifically for men.

Key Features:

  • Discusses how to navigate the rigors of nursing school along with strategies for success
  • Explains how cope with anti-male sentiment
  • Describes how to create an application that stands out from the pack
  • Helps male students to boost caring skills and touch patients in ways that reflect professionalism, empathy, and skill
  • Includes helpful advice for landing a first job

This book, along with organizations such as the American Assembly for Men in Nursing ( and supportive employers, will help nursing’s journey to become more diverse, inclusive and, one day, gender-balanced.

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