Did you know that nearly 11 percent of all nurses are men? Men have always played a big role in nursing, going all the way back to the first nursing school, in India in 250 B.C. While men are currently among the minority in the nursing profession, the number of male nurses in today’s workforce has dramatically increased from 2.7 percent in the 1970s.
Nurses interested in connecting with a community of male nurses can join the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN). The purpose of AAMN is to provide a framework for nurses, as a group, to meet, discuss and influence factors which affect men as nurses.
This year, the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future is thrilled to announce a new scholarship program to support the advancement of men in nursing. Three $5,000 educational scholarships will be disbursed directly to schools of nursing and awarded to male students who are members of AAMN, are currently enrolled in school and have completed at least one academic term in an accredited nursing program. The new scholarship program simultaneously addresses two recommendations from the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing initiative: the promotion of diversity in the profession and the provision of a vehicle that will encourage nurses to practice to their fullest potential.
Additionally, the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future is committed to providing men in nursing with the tools and resources they need to be successful in both their career, and every day life. Some of these include links to organizations to help them stay informed on what is going on in the professional realm, tools to advance their career growth and articles and books to explore related topics about their profession.
To view the tools and resources available for men in nursing from the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future, visit www.discovernursing.com or our Pinterest Board for male nurses. To learn more about the American Assembly for Men in Nursing, visit www.aamn.org.