The nursing profession can be rewarding for men and women alike
If you’ve ever seen a nurse at work, you know that nursing is serious business. Nurses are everyday heroes who are on the front lines of patient care. They are actively serving patients’ needs day in and day out. They provide skilled care that is life-supporting and sometimes even life-saving.
While nursing has historically attracted more women to the field, there is no reason at all why men can’t be nurses. The field of nursing offers many benefits to men and women alike. Take a look at some of the great reasons why men and women are choosing nursing:
1. Positive job outlook for the future
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that nursing jobs will have a positive outlook in the future. Take the job outlook of a Practical Nurse, for example. The handbook predicts: “Employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” The handbook goes on to explain that “demand for healthcare services will increase because of the aging population, given that older people typically have more medical problems than younger people.”
2. Quick-start options
Getting started in the field of nursing can be fairly quick, depending on what path you choose. For instance, you can get training to become a home health aide or a nursing assistant within just a few months. Or if you want to strive higher, you can become a practical nurse in about one year. If you apply to nursing school now, you could be starting a new career next year at this time.
3. Career growth possibilities
Nursing is a career where you can continue to get additional education. For those who want to go further in nursing, you can get an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in nursing to become a registered nurse. For those who are even more ambitious, you can earn a master’s degree and become a nurse practitioner. Some people choose to take non-clinical career paths, like becoming nursing teachers or administrators. There are many options for the career-minded professional.
4. Interesting specialties
Within the field of nursing are so many interesting specialties. Once you start your training, you may decide that you like pediatrics, cardiology, community health, maternal-child, rehabilitation, or any other specialty. When you are looking for your first job, you can try to target one of these specialty areas that is of most interest to you.
5. Gratifying work
There are two sides to every coin. Nursing is definitely a challenging and demanding profession, because you are on your feet all day serving patients. But the flip side of that coin is the rewarding and gratifying feeling you will have knowing that you are helping people when they are in a time of need. Your work will truly make a difference in the lives of others.
These benefits are some of the reasons why both men and women choose to go into nursing. So, if you are a man considering nursing school, don’t let outdated gender stereotypes define your future. Decide for yourself what is your best career path, and then go for it!
The Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health in Manchester, NH offers career training programs for Nursing Assistants, Patient Care Technicians, and Practical Nurses. To find out more, contact us online.