Nursing shortages are causing many hospitals to not be able to keep up with the influx of patients. People are living longer, and there are simply not enough nurses to keep up with the number of patients entering hospitals around the world.

Shortages in 2013 were extensive, with a need for 7.2 million nurses. Shortfalls are expected to rise to 12.9 million by 2035.

Nursing shortages are hitting every country, as populations around the world are living longer. Men are starting to be recruited to help fill the gap. Nursing has been primarily a woman’s field, but men have shown to be just as capable to handle the needs of patients.

In the United Kingdom, just 11% of nurses put on their men’s scrub sets and tend to the needs of patients. This figure is just 9.1% in the United States. Campaigns geared towards men becoming nurses have increased in recent years in an attempt to break through the stigma that all men cannot be nurses.

Coventry University is doing their part to attract male nurses by offering a £3,000 stipend to new male nursing students. The university isn’t alone in trying to get more male nurses into programs to pursue nursing as a career. Several universities have been launching social media campaigns in an effort to bring attention to male nursing programmes.

The rise in male nurses is up from one in a hundred nurses to one in ten from 50 years ago, according to the NHS. Nursing experts expect this figure to double in the next decade. The Midwifery Council has total male nurses in the UK at over 66,000.

Statistics from universities shows that over 14% of nursing enrollees are men, so we can expect the number of men to be at least 14% as more female nurses retire.

The University of Central England has a 15% male student ratio in their nursing diploma course. Nurses in the United Kingdom are routinely underpaid, which is a concern for some nursing experts that believe that a lack of proper pay will result in fewer males entering the field. Diversity in the field may help balance out the pay disparity between nurses and others in the healthcare industry.

Men provide a greater level of diversity in nursing, helping health services cater to the differing needs of patients.

Brexit remains a concern for the NHS, which may put nursing at risk in the United Kingdom. Thousands of nurses may quit their positions if domestic rules are not reformed. The rules, as they are presented under Brexit, would make the work experience of the nurses irrelevant after Brexit.

The large-scale level of nurses threatening to quit would cause an even greater need for nurses in the country.

Based off of figures from June, there were 40,000 jobs vacant in the nursing industry in the United Kingdom.

Experts await a growing number of job vacancies if new agreements are not signed between the UK and other countries. Male nurses may be able to fill these gaps, helping the NHS avoid a larger shortage in nurses.

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