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The myths that make men shun nursing

Attracting more men into nursing remains on the agenda, even though this year’s RCN congress rejected a call for a campaign on the issue

Attracting more men into nursing remains on the RCN’s agenda, even though this year’s congress rejected a call for a campaign on the issue

Earlier this year, MI6 launched an ad campaign to persuade women and people from ethnic minorities to consider a career with Britain’s secret service. The message was clear: you don’t have to be James Bond to be a spy.

Another well-established campaign is encouraging more women into science, engineering and technology posts.

These initiatives tackle the stereotypes that cling to traditionally male-dominated professions.

Some men in nursing are asking for a similar campaign to broaden the appeal of nursing, a profession in which men remain underrepresented.

Lively debate

In 2017, 10.8% of registered nurses were men, according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, making it one of the most gender-segregated jobs


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