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The hidden bias that keeps men out of nursing

The shortage of nurses makes it all the more important to address the profession’s gender imbalance by tackling unconscious bias against men in selections for nursing courses and the workplace, say the University of Nottingham’s Aimee Aubeeluck, Jamie Waterall and Joanne S Lymn.

The shortage of nurses makes it all the more important to address the profession’s gender imbalance by tackling unconscious bias against men in selections for nursing courses and the workplace, say the University of Nottingham’s Aimee Aubeeluck, Jamie Waterall and Joanne S Lymn

Nursing is a dynamic and evolving profession that can offer something for everyone. Yet most NHS trusts have substantial deficits in terms of nurse numbers, and since the referendum the number of EU nurses registering to work in the UK has been in significant decline.

The NHS is facing unprecedented challenges in the recruitment and retention of nurses. However, there is a large untapped pool of potential nurses in the UK, if only the profession could reach out to this group: men.

While positive role models for men in nursing are now routinely seen in TV shows

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