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It is no secret that society has a stigma against males in nursing and many other healthcare roles like certified nursing assistants, medical assistants, and practical nurses, but as attitudes about gender change in society, so too has the stigma against these male healthcare practitioners. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, since 2011, male nurses have increased from 8.9% to 13% in 2021. For more context, keep in mind that only 2% of all nurses were men in 1960.

The trend has been more apparent since 2020 as public attention on nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic helped spark greater interest among more people, including men, in pursuing CNA, MA, LPN, and nurse careers. As a result, colleges, universities, and vocational schools report a noticeable increase in male enrollments in these programs.

Why is there a need for more men in nursing, practical nursing (LPN), and medical assistant (MA)careers?

Many experts claim that men in the nursing, LPN, and MA career paths have been historically underrepresented and that these populations should reflect the patient population. Further, experts claim that encouraging more men to enter these professions can help address the current shortage crisis and provide a more diverse group of health care providers and advocates for patients across all genders and ethnic and racial backgrounds.

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5 Benefits of becoming a male practical nurse, nurse assistant, or medical assistant

  1. Career stability: these careers are due to increased demand during the next decade.
  2. Stable pay: According to Minority Nurse, unemployed men who move into mostly female careers tend to see an almost 4% increase in their income compared to their counterparts.
  3. Travel opportunities: Male nurses, LPNs, and CNAs interested in traveling can enter career fields seeking employees across the entire nation and practice across state lines.
  4. Career flexibility: These careers offer shift flexibility and ample opportunity to work part-time, full-time, per diem, or combination shifts to best fit your life.
  5. Scholarships for males: Many of these education programs now offer a variety of scholarships to prospective male students.

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How do we attract more men to nursing careers?

At the Medical Institute of Palm Beach, we ensure that we have a diverse staff that includes male instructors who can mentor and relate to the student population, helping them succeed in their journey towards purposeful and fulfilling nursing careers.

Our mentors provide male students insight into the stigma and the tools to overcome it. In addition, our instructors and mentors help clarify why nursing careers are the job of the future for men.