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Stereotypes and cultural cringe still keeping men out of nursing

Fewer than one in ten nursing student places are filled by men, and some in the profession say it’s time for a targeted campaign. Stephanie Jones-Berry reports.

Fewer than one in ten nursing student places are filled by men, and some in the profession say it’s time for a targeted campaign. Stephanie Jones-Berry reports

The proportion of men entering nursing has stagnated, in part because ingrained stereotypes about the role still persist, according to RCN head of policy Howard Catton.

While tens of thousands of nursing vacancies exist across the UK, and NHS organisations are looking overseas to fill the gaps, fewer than one in ten (9.4%) students offered places on pre-registration nursing programmes in the UK are male, new figures show.

Data obtained by Nursing Standard from the University and Colleges Admission Service reveal that male students accounted for just 16,440 of the total 174,910 nursing student places over the past seven years.

Mr Catton says: ‘In terms of our workforce shortages, while more men won’t solve all the

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