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Nursing, a career for men: myths, challenges and solutions

28 Aug 2018 17:00 - 19:00

Room CEE2 Centre for Executive Education, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA


The number of men in nursing remains low, with less than 10% of applicants to nursing courses men.
Join us to find out more about the history and myths of why men are underrepresented in nursing, and explore with our panel challenges and positive solutions to encourage more men to choose nursing as a career.

Our speakers will be:

  • Dr Heather Whitford - Equality and Diversity Convenor and Lecturer, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Dundee. Heather has undertaken collaborative research, for the Scottish Collaboration for the Enhancement of Pre-registration Nursing (SCEPRN) and commissioned by NES, with colleagues from the University of West of Scotland, University of Edinburgh, University of Dundee, and Robert Gordon University, into pre-registration nursing recruitment and retention – underrepresentation of men, influences and causes.
  • Dr James Taylor – Senior Lecturer, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland. James is also part of the SCEPRN team involved in researching influences and causes of underrepresentation of men in pre‐ registration nursing in Scotland. He teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. James' clinical and research background is in mental health, psychological trauma, and prisoner health.   
  • Craig Davidson – Scotland representative on the RCN UK Student Committee. Craig is a student nurse at Glasgow Caledonian University, where he is School Officer for the Department of Nursing and Community Health. He is a passionate believer in student mental health support, recruiting more men into nursing, and has a keen interest in oncology and palliative care.

Image: Pamphlet for recruiting men into nursing "He's stepping out in a career that's different" 1960s. RCN Archive.


Room CEE2 Centre for Executive Education
Glasgow Caledonian University
Cowcaddens Road
G4 0BA

Situated in the city centre, our Glasgow campus is a short walk from Glasgow Queen Street Station and about 20 minutes walk from Glasgow Central Station.

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