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Getting more men into nursing: an urgent priority (too little, too late)

Thompson, David R; Quinn, Barry; Watson, Roger


David R Thompson

Barry Quinn


Despite calls for increased investment in nursing, there is a global shortfall of 9 million nurses and midwives needed to deliver and sustain universal health coverage. The Nursing Now campaign run in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses has the laudable aim of raising the status and profile of nursing worldwide. However, nursing and midwifery are essentially female‐dominated professions and men in most parts of the world comprise around 10% of the nursing workforce. If nursing is to truly reflect the makeup of the general population and be more inclusive and diversified it needs to attract more men. Efforts to address this include recruitment drives, positive rebranding of nursing as gender‐neutral, pre‐school education and outreach initiatives, and unconscious bias training. However, there is an urgent need to address the under‐representation of men in nursing and explore the impact of a more gender balanced workforce.


Thompson, D. R., Quinn, B., & Watson, R. (2020). Getting more men into nursing: an urgent priority (too little, too late). Journal of nursing management, 28(7), 1463-1464.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 26, 2020
Online Publication Date Apr 7, 2020
Publication Date Oct 7, 2020
Deposit Date Apr 11, 2020
Publicly Available Date Apr 8, 2021
Journal Journal of Nursing Management
Print ISSN 0966-0429
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 7
Pages 1463-1464
Keywords Leadership and Management
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