In 1970, 2.7% of registered nurses were men. By 2011, that number grew to 9.6%. There has to be a reason for this kind of growth, right? Well, actually there are many reasons—among them career stability, flexibility, and earning potential.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that becoming a male nurse is easy. As with any career path worth pursuing, it requires a lot of hard work and discipline! But as long as you’re willing to put in the time and energy, it can prove to be a fulfilling and lucrative vocation. NPHub invites you to read about some of the perks that come with being a male nurse, as well as what it takes to become one.
One of the best reasons to become a nurse is that you will spend every day that you work helping people who need it in practical ways. Few things are more fulfilling than helping people. However, becoming a nurse also means that you will likely have a very stable career, as the need for nurses is rising and showing no signs of slowing down. Also, Onward Healthcare notes male nurses typically make good money and consistently get raises.
Another benefit is that nursing allows for a lot of flexibility; you can work full-time, part-time, or variable shifts, and you can transition between work capacity fairly easily if you need to make changes at any given time. Moreover, being a male (which means you are a minority in this case) means that you will come into nursing with a different perspective, which can help you be effective at your work.
Schooling and Training
Getting a degree has never been more accessible because online learning continues to become more tangible by the day. Not only are there tons of different degrees that you can earn online, but if you work a full-time job, online courses give you the flexibility to work around your job. That way, you can be working towards your education and career goals without compromising your responsibilities at work and at home. If you haven’t done so yet, look into getting a master’s degree. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, there are a number of scholarships available that are specifically designated for male students.
There are many paths you can take in nursing, so American Mobile explains that it’s important to consider your options before getting too deep into your plans. For example, you can work as a certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), or work your way up to nurse administrator, among many other options. Consider what kind of work environment you prefer and the role that you want to play, as well as any specialized areas you are interested in.
Getting Your Foot in the Door
You may be presented with job opportunities while in nursing school, which can make your transition from school to the workplace that much smoother. However, whether or not this turns out to be your situation, it’s essential that you strategically handle the application process for your first job. For instance, start applying for jobs at the beginning of your last semester of school, and be sure to follow any guidelines established by each employer.
Also, make sure that you have a stellar resume and cover letter, and don’t hesitate to modify them for each employer. And of course, put a lot of time and effort into preparing for each interview so that you can make the best impression possible. If you feel overwhelmed at any point in the process, working with a career advisor could prove invaluable.
There are many reasons to become a male nurse. Consider the benefits and continue researching to determine if nursing is a good career path for you. Also, look into getting an online degree, explore all of your options when it comes to nursing careers, and work hard to land that first job. Perhaps most importantly, always remain eager to learn along the way, even after you’ve settled comfortably into the job you are going after.
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