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Odd man out: weighing up the profession’s gender balance problem

Recent recruitment ads sparked a backlash, so how can the profession attract more men into nursing?

Recent recruitment attempts sparked a backlash, so how can the profession attract more men into nursing?

  • Only 11% of registered nurses are men, making nursing one of the most gender-segregated jobs in the UK
  • Outdated impressions persist around nursing being ‘women’s work’ and not highly skilled and varied roles
  • Reviewing the general appeal of nursing as a profession – including pay and career progression – could attract a more diverse workforce

When pupils in England received their A-level results in August, an NHS advertising campaign on social media urged them to consider applying for nursing.

But the tone of the adverts – particularly one Twitter message clearly

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