Men in nursing

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A male U.S. Navy nurse attends to a child.

Nurses are traditionally and predominantly female; in 2008, of the 3,063,163 licensed registered nurses in the United States only 6.6% of were men.[1] Men also make up only 13% of all new nursing students.[2]


During plagues that swept through Europe, male nurses were primary caregivers. In the 3rd century, men in the Parabolani created a hospital and provided nursing care.[3]The Codex Theodosianus of 416 (xvi, 2, 42) restricted the enrollment on male nurses in Alexandria to 500.[4]

Nursing schools for men were common in the United States until the early 1900, more than half of those offering paid nursing services to the ill and injured were men. Yet by 1930, men constituted fewer than 1% of RNs in the United States.[5] As they found other, more lucrative occupations, they left nursing behind.[6]

The American Assembly For Men in Nursing was founded in 1971. The purpose of AAMN is to provide a framework for nurses as a group to meet, discuss, and influence factors which affect men as nurses.[7]

In Mississippi University for Women v. Hogan, 458 U.S. 718 (1982), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5–4 that Mississippi University for Women's single sex admissions policy for its nursing school violated the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection clause. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote the landmark opinion.

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  2. ^ Chung, Vicki. "Men in Nursing",
  3. ^ Menstuff. "Men and Nursing ", MenStuff
  4. ^ Parabolani: from Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913.
  5. ^ Where are the men? Nursing, Jul 2003 (available at
  6. ^ Occupational Segregation and the Devaluation of Women's Work across U.S. Labor Markets, Cohen, Philip N.,Huffman, Matt L.,; Social Forces - Volume 81, Number 3, March 2003, pp. 881-908, The University of North Carolina Press.
  7. ^ American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN),

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