Number of men entering nursing profession is growing

Lynne Adkins
January 20, 2019 - 4:00 am
Male Nurse

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The face of nursing has been changing in recent years. More and more men are finding it's the perfect profession. 

Dr. Jim Mendez, assistant professor of nursing at Villanova University, says nursing is a recession proof job.

There's always a need for caring people to help patients. He says men are also realizing that nursing requires so many different skills it keeps the job interesting and that's why he entered the field.

He believes having more men in nursing can only be a benefit.

"I think patients always benefit when they are cared for by groups that look like them," Mendez said. "And so having men or any kind of diversity, be it economic diversity, gender diversity, ethnic diversity etc., it always helps the people we care for get better care because we understand them better by our diversity."

He says currently men make up about 10 percent of the nursing field nationwide and they also make up nearly 40 percent of nurse anesthetists. Mendez says he expects it will continue to grow.