More Male Nurses, But Wage Disparity Persists

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , February 28, 2013

Edward Briggs, ARNP/DNP, president elect of the Florida Nurses Association, says he expects men will continue to join the nursing ranks.

"The economy is part of it. Nursing is known to be a profession where there is always a job opening and usually it's a well-paying job and it's well respected," Briggs says.

"Men are now seeing nursing as being a viable option as a career whereas before it was seen as a woman's job. Now in the media people are seeing men as nurses and it's become more acceptable. I speak a lot at colleges and I am seeing more and more male faces out in the audience. We are going to see a progressive increase in the numbers of men going into nursing."

As for the pay discrepancy between male and female nurses, Briggs agrees with Landiver's assessment that many factors are at play.

"Women have [many] more demands in the way of family and children. Men do a lot more overtime. They're willing to take those extra hours and earn time-and-a-half," he says. "And another factor is many men are quickly pushed into management positions. There is still that stereotype of seeing men as better managers and leaders, and one of the demands of management is you have to be flexible with your hours and time. So men are able to do those variable hours as opposed to women who have more demands with family."

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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5 comments on "More Male Nurses, But Wage Disparity Persists"

Chris (3/7/2013 at 1:26 PM)
Men are more likely to negotiate calary than women, often the first offer from an employer is accepted by women, but men are more likely to ask for for money.

claudia (3/5/2013 at 5:04 PM)
My experience in working with male nurses is that they are: 1) More likely to work overtime than female nurses 2) More likely to work full time than part time 3) More likely to work at a second nursing job 4) More likely to seek out career advancement opportunities Given these, when I see these studies showing male nurses earn more than female nurses, I always wonder if they are comparing apples to apples or apples to oranges. Sure, it is likely that 2 med surg nurses, one male and one female, with the same education and level of experience are earning the same rate, but is the number of hours worked the same?

Lois (3/4/2013 at 10:20 AM)
That is true John. There is something missing that they did not measure. Perhaps it was the type of job or position or seniority level.




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