Nursing an option for more men in evolving job market

June 15, 2017

A recent feature story in The Chicago Tribune highlighted the role of health care in helping to offset a decades-long decline in men’s participation in the U.S. workforce. Health care jobs long dominated by women, including nursing, have recently seen an increase in male workers.

About 10 to 12 percent of registered nurses today are men, compared with less than 3 percent in the early 1970s, according to census figures.

As the U.S. population continues to age, the health care system will need an estimated 1.13 million new registered nurses over the next decade, half of them to replace retirements, according to the American Nurses Association.

Marquis Foreman, PhD, RN, dean of the Rush University College of Nursing, was the only man in his nursing graduating class in 1976 and believes diversity among nurses — gender and otherwise — improves their relatability, which can strengthen critical bonds with patients.

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