Scotland: make nursing gender-neutral, report recommends

03 October 2018

Nursing should be rebranded as gender-neutral to attract more men into the profession, according to a report commissioned by NHS Scotland.

The research concluded that nursing is still ‘inherently seen as a female profession’, which acts as a ‘powerful deterrent’ to many men who might otherwise consider it as a career.

The report calls for a national campaign in which gender-neutral images of nurses are introduced to children in nurseries and primary schools. It also recommends ‘unconscious bias training’ for educators and NHS workers.

Less than 10% of student nurses in Scotland are male, a figure that has barely changed in the past decade.

The Men in nursing report gathered views from nursing students, college lecturers and secondary school careers advisers around Scotland.

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