More Male Nurses, But Wage Disparity Persists
Edward Briggs, ARNP/DNP, president elect of the Florida Nurses Association, says he expects men will continue to join the nursing ranks.
"The economy is part of it. Nursing is known to be a profession where there is always a job opening and usually it's a well-paying job and it's well respected," Briggs says.
"Men are now seeing nursing as being a viable option as a career whereas before it was seen as a woman's job. Now in the media people are seeing men as nurses and it's become more acceptable. I speak a lot at colleges and I am seeing more and more male faces out in the audience. We are going to see a progressive increase in the numbers of men going into nursing."
As for the pay discrepancy between male and female nurses, Briggs agrees with Landiver's assessment that many factors are at play.
"Women have [many] more demands in the way of family and children. Men do a lot more overtime. They're willing to take those extra hours and earn time-and-a-half," he says. "And another factor is many men are quickly pushed into management positions. There is still that stereotype of seeing men as better managers and leaders, and one of the demands of management is you have to be flexible with your hours and time. So men are able to do those variable hours as opposed to women who have more demands with family."
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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