The number of men in nursing remains low, with less than 10% of applicants to nursing courses men.
The free event will discuss why men are underrepresented in nursing and a panel will discuss challenges and positive solutions to encourage more men to choose nursing as a career.
Speakers at the event include:
- 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 NHS Education for Scotland, 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.
Theresa Fyffe, RCN Scotland Director, said:
"Nursing is a rewarding and exciting career and it’s really important that we encourage as many people as possible into the profession.
"The growing demands on health services mean that more nurses with the right level of complex decision-making and technical skills are urgently needed. The shortage of men applying means we are losing out on many talented future nurses.
"Stereotypes, low pay and the perception that nursing is not a ‘male’ profession may be some of the reasons why men have steered clear but we need to break down these barriers. A number of universities are already taking action to highlight the benefits of a career in nursing to men.
“Our event at Glasgow Caledonian University is a great opportunity to explore and discuss the causes of under-representation of men in nursing and generate ideas to make nursing an attractive career choice for men.”
The event will take place on 28 Aug 2018 at the Centre for Executive Education in Glasgow.