Five accomplished Hispanic nurses who just happen to be guys talk about the special challenges they face, the unique strengths they bring to the table, and why the nursing profession needs to recruit a lot more people like them.
As the first African-American man to earn a PhD in nursing, Randolph Rasch broke down many barriers to achieve a successful career as a nursing educator. Now he’s helping other nurses follow in his footsteps.
The unwillingness of nursing to consistently embrace men as equal colleagues is not a good thing at a time of global shortage. It’s not good for our society because it limits the career choices of potential bright and compassionate caregivers, and worst of all, it erodes the integrity and ethics that are the hallmarks of our profession.
In 2008, there were 3,063,163 licensed registered nurses in the United States. Only 6.6% of those were men and 16.8% were non-Caucasian.1 Despite efforts from nursing schools across the nation to recruit and retain more men and minorities, the results have been fairly modest.