We always need more nurses in the workforce, so it would be good to encourage young men that nursing is a valid career path for them, too.
Another factor in the outrage is that, apparently, male nurses still make more money than their female counterparts. According to a UC San Francisco-led study, male registered nurses make roughly $5,000 per year more than their female colleagues across most settings, specialty areas, and positions. It should be clarified that this is an earnings gap, rather than a wage gap.
“The roles of RNs are expanding with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and emphasis on team-based care delivery,” said lead author Ulrike Muench, Ph.D., assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences in the UCSF School of Nursing. “These results may motivate nurse employers, including physicians, to examine their pay structures and act to eliminate inequities.”
What do you make of the controversy around this tweet, folks? Is it justified, or much ado about nothing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.