Even men go into working as nurses these days. People should not stereotype what men and women can do anymore. People should be happy for men who enter nontraditional careers.

It is always important consider jobs such as Dental hygienists, licensed practical nurses, medical secretaries, nutritionists, and especially registered nurses. It is easy to join theses fields not matter who you are or if you are looking for a career to study in college. It was a program the Navy offered his while he was still in high that made him become a male registered nurse at Alexian Brothers in Elk Grove Village.

Because of financial aid provided through the Navy program, he was able to attend Purdue University where he received his bachelor's degree. His first job as an RN was in an emergency room in Great Lakes while he was serving the Navy. A previous report by The American Association of Colleges of Nursing showed that the number of men enrolling in nursing programs is on the rise, although the number of men who finished their programs was lower.

He was the only person in the nursing program that actually finished it though there were four of them to begin with. Compared to the work you actually do, what you learn in the classroom is a lot different. He added that it takes a special person to go into this field and it doesn't matter if you are male or female.

Men should continue working as nurses despite getting some economic, gender, and cultural biases since the demand for it is high these days. An online source claims that Illinois lost 10% of its RN workforce between 1996 and 2000, and one third of all Illinois nurses will be retiring within the next 10 years. The United American Nurses AFL CIO Web site reported that the nationwide nursing shortage is expected to reach 150,000 open positions by the year 2005.

By 2010, the jobs of nurses will rise to about 35% says the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What has been an outcome of the nursing shortage is the increase in the nursing salary. In addition that article also claimed that new nurses who finished a 2 year degree program and have started out at Johns Hopkins University Hospitals earn between $42,000 and $45,000. It is not surprise that executive nurses earn about $100,000.

It does not hurt to consider this kind of profession regardless of your gender, and certainly regardless of age, economics, and culture. There are sure to have been more male nurses before him though while he was still stationed in the emergency room he seemed to be the only one.

This is one field that has stable employment and people should really look into getting in it. And typically, jobs that are predominantly female are thought to be located in more secure places of employment. Most of the time one can use nursing as the start of a greater career. Since he wants to do more in his career this male nurse is entering medical school at Rush this year. There are a lot of chances for nurses to enter schools, from junior colleges to universities offer nursing programs, and over 75 universities and medical schools nationwide which can give them PhD's.

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