Nursing has been a traditionally female dominated career as well as a commonly held stereotype that nursing is for women only. With the ever rising shortage of nurses, male and female, the nursing staffing agencies as well as nursing schools are strongly encouraging more men to join the profession and also fill travel nurse jobs throughout the country.
Although it does not matter whether women or men care for patients, as long as professional and ethical care is provided, men only comprise about 6 percent of all nursing positions, according to recent federal statistics. Even with job loss and nursing shortages, travel nurse jobs for men are still lower than women; however, men are strongly encouraged to enter the nursing and medical fields to fulfill the current nurse shortage.
Because men bring a different perspective when working in the nursing field, nursing schools and colleges are looking to fill more nursing positions with men. Nursing colleges and schools are now catering their brochures, textbooks and other classroom materials for male and female students. These changes include photos of both men and women, and descriptions of the field with references to both men and women. Thus more male students are entering an otherwise female dominant career, and this influx will likely increase the number of men who choose travel nurse jobs too.
Men receive the same benefits as women including health insurance, nursing pay, advancement opportunities and many even opt to become travel nurses after a year of experience in the field. Male nurses and travel nurse jobs employ thousands of men and women every year in hospitals, private physicians’ offices, medical labs and schools; men and women are needed for every type of travel nurse job throughout the country.
Not only should men have a current and impeccable resume when applying for a travel nurse job, but they should also carry a portfolio. Most portfolios contain professional licenses, CEU’s completed, professional recommendations, a written record of personal values and beliefs about nursing and competency of one’s skills in the field. One of the critical elements of a portfolio is the person’s reflection of the theory, evidence, actions and experience of caring for a patient and interactions with family members. When men choose a medical staffing agency for a travel nurse job, a portfolio can be an important component for placement with a medical staffing agency recruiter. More clients of medical staffing agencies are looking for portfolios which provide a living document of an applicant’s competency, skills and experience to share with their clients.
Another travel nurse job opportunity for men is the high turnover rate in hospitals, which can be sometimes as high as 50-70 percent depending on the location. Travel nurse jobs in such types of hospitals, more than medical offices, allow a greater opportunity for men to fill needed positions. According to a Thomas Group survey, replacing a nurse position could cost as much as $25,000 as well as the reduction in time loss and care for patients. Medical staffing agencies are increasingly seeing a greater need for travel nurses in hospitals not only in rural areas, but also larger towns and cities.
If you are a man looking to enter a rewarding career, then consider a career in nursing. If you are a male and are actively looking to change careers and want to travel, then consider a travel nurse job. The nursing profession offers many personal rewards as well as monetary benefits for permanent placement nurse jobs as well as travel nurse jobs and per diem jobs in a variety of hospitals and other medical facilities.
Men who want to enter the nursing field should research for an accredited nursing school or college, depending on the type of license they want. The difference between a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and a Registered Nurse (RN) is the length of college training. While many men and women start an LPN training certificate, RN’s can fill both LPN and RN positions. Registered Nurses normally require two to four years of education and passing the national exam for registered nurses, NCLEX-RN exam. There are several sources for help with studying for the national exam both online and print. Give your medical staffing agency a call to discuss any further questions you might have.