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Arant, Matthew ASN

ISSUES IN NURSING Where are the men?

Six prominent nurses speak out about why so few men choose nursing as a profession.


FOR DECADES, the figures have changed little: In 1980, 2.7% of RNs were men. By 2000, the figure had doubled to 5.4%, but men remained only a small minority of nurses.

In this first installment of a continuing series on issues in nursing, we asked six prominent nurses to tell us why they think so few men enter the profession—and how nursing can attract more men to its ranks. Here's what they had to say.

Why do so few men enter nursing? Read what six prominent nurses have to say in the first installment of a continuing series on hot professional issues.

Imprint Editor, National Student Nurses Association, Board of Directors, 2002–2003, Lincoln Memorial School of Nursing, Corbin, Kentucky Campus

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