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Addressing the gender imbalance in nursing

The decision to offer a £1,000-a-year bursary to male nursing students at Coventry University was met with mixed reactions from Nursing Standard readers. But when only one in ten applicants to nursing courses are men, how can the gender imbalance in nursing be addressed?
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The decision to offer a 1,000-a-year bursary to male nursing students at Coventry University was met with mixed reactions from Nursing Standard readers. But when only one in ten applicants to nursing courses are men, how can the gender imbalance in nursing be addressed?

Nursing has always been a female-dominated profession.

While applications from men for nursing courses have risen significantly over the past decade, there is some way to go before the profession achieves anywhere near gender parity.

The latest figures show that UK universities recieved 210,950 applications from women and 23,810 from men to study nursing in 2016.

Of those, 26,085 women and 2,805 men were accepted, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Applications by men to join nursing courses have risen significantly in the past decade in 2007 applications made

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