Nursing@Georgetown Blog

Men in Nursing: Stigma

Why Is There a Stigma Surrounding the Male Nurse? Nursing is often considered a female-dominated profession. According to 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics labor force data, women make up approximately 87% of registered nurses and 88% of nurse practitioners in the United States. The male nurse stigma partially comes from the false assumption that women are better suited than men for caretaking roles, according to an article from the New York Times. This stigma manifests itself in a number of ways. While they may be welcomed in the workplace, studies have shown that some male nurses are, in fact, subject […]