Is Nursing a Good Career for Men?

The Salter School of Nursing encourages men to enroll

Two male nurses are shown smiling at the camera.There are certain job fields that have historically been predominantly female or predominantly male. You can probably think of two or three such career fields right off the top of your head. But in the 21st century, these old stereotypes do not have to be true anymore! One field that is beginning to close the gender gap is the field of nursing. But we still have a long way to go! At the Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health in Manchester, NH, we want to actively encourage men to consider nursing as a career.

Reasons why nursing is a great career choice for men

Should you become a male nurse? If you are still trying to figure out a direction for your career, why not consider nursing? Nursing is a respected profession that works on the front lines of patient care every day. Depending on the type of nurse you train to be, you could be working in a hospital, emergency ward, long-term care facility, or any number of other medical facilities. Working directly with patients every day can give you a sense of purpose and a feeling of accomplishment. What are some other reasons why is nursing such a great career for men?

1. Nursing is a profession on the rise

When you’re getting trained for a new career, you want to be sure it is a career with a bright outlook for the future. And the good news is, nursing is one of those fields. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (U.S. Department of Labor), employment of nurses is projected to grow over the next decade in response to the aging of the baby boom generation. As people of this generation grow older, nurses are needed to help patients care for chronic conditions, such as diabetes, dementia, arthritis, and so forth. For this reason, the job outlook is predicted to be positive.

2. There are many nursing paths to choose from

In the field of nursing, there are many different options. Choosing what type of nurse you want to be simply depends on your level of ambition. Do you want a short-term training program that can get you in the workforce right away? Then consider becoming a Home Health Aide or Nursing Assistant. Are you willing to undergo a one-year training program? Then a Practical Nurse program may be right for you. Here are some of the types of nursing paths you can consider:

  • Home Health Aide
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Practical Nurse
  • Registered Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner

3. Nursing school is much shorter than medical school

Some people with an interest in medicine feel pressured to try for medical school instead of nursing school. But one great reason to choose nursing is that nursing school is much faster than medical school. Depending on the type of nurse you want to be, you can get trained in a fairly short period of time. Home Health Aides and Nursing Assistants can complete training in a matter of months, while Practical Nurse training takes about one year. Or, you can become a Registered Nurse with either an associate’s degree program (two to three years) or a bachelor’s degree program (four to five years). Other levels of nursing, such as Nurse Practitioner, require a master’s degree, which can take an additional one to three years after earning your bachelor’s degree. All of these options are much shorter than becoming a doctor, which can take 10 to 12 years of education after high school.

4. Men in the field of nursing tend to get recognized and appreciated

Despite the gender gap getting smaller, the majority of nurses are still female. As a male nurse, you may find that you are a minor celebrity in your workplace. Male nurses tend to get recognized and appreciated simply because they are less common in the nursing workforce. At other times, as a male nurse, you may need to advocate for yourself to help break down the cultural stereotypes that still exist. So, for every male nurse out there, we thank you for blazing the trail. You are helping to change the norm and move toward closing the gender gap!

To learn more about how male nurses are treated on the job, take a few moments to read: “Are Male Nurses Treated Differently?” (Journal of Nurse Practitioners, 2016). This interesting article was written by two experienced males nurses. Their differing viewpoints help to shine a light on issues that male nurses may encounter.

5. Many male patients are happy to have a male nurse

For many people, it is more comfortable to have healthcare providers who are their own gender. As a male nurse, you may find that your male patients especially appreciate the male perspective that you bring to the job. They may feel that you understand what they’re going through more than a female nurse might. This can be a gratifying feeling to know that you are helping patients in this way.

6. Nursing is a field where your work is making a difference

One of the greatest rewards of nursing is the knowledge that you are making a positive difference in the lives of your patients. While many other jobs may have an indirect impact on others, nursing has a direct impact. You work with patients every single day to help improve their health, wellness, and comfort. It’s definitely a job you can feel proud of.

Getting trained at the Salter School of Nursing

The Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health offers Practical Nurse training in the Manchester, New Hampshire region. This program takes about one year to complete and provides students a strong foundation in patient care and skilled nursing. We welcome everyone with an interest in nursing to check out our program. Here’s how to reach us: