Gender equality has come a long way since the days when women were expected to stay at home with the kids or go to work in the corporate world as a secretary with no chance of advancing beyond that rate. With the evolution of the American workplace, gender lines are being shattered more than ever. Although this widespread change has appeared to be drastic, there is one field that seems not to change with the times.
The field of nursing continues to be dominated by women. Not only are male nurses an overwhelming minority, they receive no mercy from hollywood.
While male nurses have become a laughing matter, it is no surprise how shockingly low the percentage of nurses that are men. Out of the registered nurses in the United States, men make up only 5.8 percent of the population. (Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2009) It is interesting to see that as gender equality in the workplace is a hot topic of conversation and has been for the past several decades, yet this number is as low as it is.
The main reason men make up such a low minority of the nursing profession is believed by many simply to be the stereotype that nursing is meant to be a female dominated profession. It is easy to see that nursing is an attractive profession being that it has a lot of room for advancement, is high paying, and allows for a flexible schedule. Although nursing seems to meet all of the credentials of a legitimate career regardless of gender, the rate of male nurses continues to remain low because of the stereotypes which discourage men from entering the field.