Message from Dr. Ed Halloran:
Colleagues and friends,
The latest census of nurses is out and shows there are an estimated 202,169 men in nursing, 6.6% of all 3,063,163 RNs who hold a license in the USA. [Source: The Registered Nurse Population: Initial Findings from the 2008 National Sample Survey of RNs;http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/healthworkforce/rnsurvey/initialfindings2008.pdf
While the proportion of men continues to be small, the number of men in nursing has been growing more rapidly since 1990. That said, the way to increase the recruitment of men in nursing is through diversification of faculty and students. For example – no one knows about men in nursing unless they are informed.
One way of telling people about men in nursing is through the American Assembly for Men in Nursing. UNC has had a Chapter since 1990. The most visible place for Q&A about men in nursing is at the AAMN website; http://aamn.org/ You may be interested in knowing the AAMN will meet on Duke’s Campus for two days in September, FRI and SAT, Sept. 24-25, 2010.
This is a unique opportunity to meet and interact with the 150 or so members of AAMN from around the country. The program is set, the CNEs have been applied for from the North Carolina Nurses Association, and the Saturday of the meeting will be an exciting one on the Duke campus as Duke plays Army in football. Come join us for an interesting discussion of issues concerning men in the nursing profession or at least letting your students know about the meeting.
Take a look at the Conference program and register at the AAMN website or in person on the 24th at the School of Nursing at Duke. The fees for students are discounted.
I hope to see you there.
Professor Ed Halloran, PhD, RN