More male nurses

The next time you’re in the hospital, you might be surprised by who is taking care of you. More and more men are entering the field of nursing.

It used to be the nursing classes at Western Kentucky Community and Technical College would have been all female, but not any more.

Dean of Nursing, Shari Gholson says, “In our program this spring, 15 percent of our nursing enrollment is male.”

That’s triple what it was five years ago. One reason: Even in times of high unemployment, nurses stay in demand. Student nurse Zach Doughty says he chose nursing because he likes caring for people, but also high on the list, good pay right out of college, and no worries about finding a job.

“Job security, definitely. It’s always changing, growing. There’s always a demand for nurses,” He says.

Dean Shari Gholson says nursing is considered a high demand, high wage profession, and there is a 100 percent placement rate at WKCTC. That means everyone who wants a job when they graduate will have one.

Wages start around $40,000 per year, and triple depending on how high you climb. Doughty will eventually be a nurse practitioner which is also consistent with male nursing statistics. Men tend to advance quickly in the hospital setting, and men are more likely to take advantage of programs that help them get ahead.

“Some hospitals do a continuing education program and will actually pay for me to go to school. I’ll probably end up doing that,” says Doughty.

“Just the career and education mobility make it a very interesting and viable career for a man,” says Gholson.

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