At Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio, men make up more than thirty percent of the students in the university’s master of nursing program – a nursing program for students with undergraduate degrees in non-nursing fields. According to the university, men probably chose the program because they were attracted by health care and chose a career that would take less time than medicine.
Although males traditionally make up about 10 percent of nurses, the number of male nurses has more than tripled since the 1970s. According to the U.S Census Bureau, about 330,000 of the 3.5 million nurses employed in 2011 were male – a number that could continue to grow throughout the next few decades as a career in nursing continues to grow in popularity.
In the past, the flexibility of a career in nursing has attracted young women and mothers alike. Currently, a nursing career is appealing more and more to men; especially those who would like a career in the health care field, but prefer not to spend nearly a decade at school getting an education. Essentially, a career in nursing is ideal for those who wish to help others in a medical setting without having to spend an excessive amount of time and money getting a high-level medical degree.
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