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My Daddy is a Nurse: the children’s book challenging gender stereotypes

Nursing Now campaign and chief nurse work with publisher to tackle profession’s gender divide
My Daddy is a Nurse, by Butterfly Books, challenges gender stereotypes about nursing

Nursing Now campaign and chief nurse work with publisher to tackle the profession’s gender divide

A children’s book that challenges gender stereotypes about nurses has been launched by England’s chief nurse Ruth May, in partnership with the global Nursing Now campaign.

My Daddy is a Nurse, aimed at 4-7 year olds, is from Butterfly Books, a publishing house set up to tackle misconceptions that reinforce gender divides in professions. Previous titles from the publisher include My Mummy is a Plumber, My Mummy is a Scientist and My Mummy is a Soldier.

‘Stereotypes deter men from considering a career in nursing’

Dr May said nursing has been considered a woman-only role for too long.

‘We are committed to overturning the

Nursing Now campaign and chief nurse work with publisher to tackle the profession’s gender divide

My Daddy is a Nurse, by Butterfly Books, challenges gender stereotypes about nursing

A children’s book that challenges gender stereotypes about nurses has been launched by England’s chief nurse Ruth May, in partnership with the global Nursing Now campaign.

My Daddy is a Nurse, aimed at 4-7 year olds, is from Butterfly Books, a publishing house set up to tackle misconceptions that reinforce gender divides in professions. Previous titles from the publisher include My Mummy is a Plumber, My Mummy is a Scientist and My Mummy is a Soldier.

‘Stereotypes deter men from considering a career in nursing’

Dr May said nursing has been considered a woman-only role for too long.

‘We are committed to overturning the longstanding stereotypes that have historically deterred men from considering a career in nursing,’ she said.

‘Our partnership with Butterfly Books will see My Daddy is a Nurse provoke much-needed discussion, challenge biased norms and recast a tired narrative that has – for too long – positioned women exclusively for such jobs.’

According to the latest Nursing and Midwifery Council data, almost 11% of the UK’s 706,252 registered nurses, midwives and nursing associates identified as male.


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