Guest Post by Wayne Page:
Historically in Western culture, women and men have had distinct roles in society. This was evident throughout culture, including in employment opportunities. There were occupations for women and there were careers for men. Over the past half century these lines have been increasingly blurred. In the job market women hold positions that previously they could not have. Yet, are men also crossing that line? Are men taking on jobs that used to be closed to them?
Specifically, is nursing only a woman’s job? No one can deny that nursing has historically been a woman’s career field. Very few men became nurses, until recently. Can men be nurses?
According to the CNA Training Center of Delaware, “The demand for CNAs is expected to grow, at least through 2018.” This statement was based on the most current data that was available at the time from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Since then, the BLS has updated their statics. They forecast a 20 percent growth rate for nurse aides through 2020. Although this applies specifically to certified nurse assistants, who perform the most basic of nursing duties, the need for nurses at all levels of care will increase over the next decade.
As the country’s population ages, the need for healthcare providers is rising. Specifically, people need nurses, nurse assistants, doctors and physician’s assistants. Women will be unable to meet the entire demand for nurses in the coming years, especially since many women are entering other fields.
The laws of supply and demand provide two very clear possibilities. As the demand rises, either the wages of nurses will increase, or the supply of nurses will increase. If the supply of nurses is to increase, then men must enter the field. Likely, both of these scenarios will happen.
Nursing is a Good Field
Supply and demand is not the only reason men are becoming nurses. Nurses have a very good job. At every level, nurses perform a critical function in society. They have rewarding jobs where they help patients every day. For their efforts, nurses receive a very respectable salary. The median pay for a registered nurse in the United States during 2010 was $61,000 annually. This is enough to support a comfortable lifestyle, while working at a rewarding job. Furthermore, many nurses work only three or four days a week. Although these are long days, people enjoy having long weekends regularly.
Men Will Enter the Field of Nursing
Men have already begun to enter the field of nursing, and they will continue to be more prevalent in the field. Nurses have lots of opportunity. Almost anyone can train to enter it as a nurse aid, and there are many opportunities for advancement. Nurses are employed everywhere, at hospitals, schools and nursing homes throughout the country. Men and women alike are being drawn to nursing, because of all the opportunities the field offers. Nursing is not just a women’s career, it is for both men and women.
Wayne Page writes for CNA Training Center, an outstanding guide for any and all prospective CNAs looking for more information.
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