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Men in Nursing

Men make up 9.1% of the nursing workforce nationally and 9% of the Nell H. Woodruff School of Nursing (NHWSN) student body. To raise awareness about the myriad of options for men interested in nursing, NHWSN has partnered with Morehouse School of Medicine to highlight the critical role men hold in nursing. With the demographics continuing to shift in our country, it is essential that nursing keeps pace with national trends to reflect the diverse populations they serve.

On January 26, the SON-Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion hosted a roundtable discussion with eight trailblazing male nurses to hold the Men in Nursing roundtable discussion. Dr. Michael McFarland (DNP, AG-ACNP-BC, FNP-BC) served as the moderator for the discussion.

Panelists included De'Von Cross (BSN, RN), Tim Cunningham (RN, FAAN, DrPH), Aaron Montgomery (MSN, APRN, FNP-C, AAHIVS), Everett Moss II (BSN, RN, EMT-P), Scott Nguy (FNP, CNM) and Chauncy Ward (SRNA). These panelists captured the audience's attention by candidly sharing their journey into nursing, from the oil fields to the hired clown. They provided a compelling case for entering the nursing profession and the tremendous opportunities that exist. This was the first series of initiatives to attract more men into nursing.

“The stories these men shared about their journey into nursing was truly remarkable,” said Benjamin Harris, NHWSN Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. “Their excitement and love for the field was apparent to everyone in attendance. They found their calling in an unlikely place and it was clear that it positively changed the trajectory of their lives. They dispelled many misconceptions about men in nursing and I hope it represented the profession as a viable option for our student attendees from the Morehouse School of Medicine.”

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