Nurse Shortage Causes Company to Promote Male Nurses

A recent study by Johnson and Johnson says nursing has generally been a profession filled by women.

The study says men make up 6 percent of the 2.7 million nurses in the United States.

But, with hospital's nationwide short on registered nurses, healthcare professionals hope men will start considering nursing as a possible career choice. Johnson and Johnson has already launched a campaign promoting the nursing profession to men.  And local hospitals are now targeting men, as well as women, to fill nursing positions.

Two R.N.'s at East Texas Medical Center started nursing in the intensive care unit within just the last 6 years.

They say nursing now offers flexibility and higher salaries due to the nursing shortage.

"I feel like that I could leave and go anywhere and find a job because there's such a shortage now, "said Rick Green, ETMC Nurse.

Only one in ten men even consider nursing as a profession even though across the country there are almost 130,000 nursing positions available. Bruce Baker,director of nursing at ETMC says generally 10 percent of his nursing population is men.

The nurse shortage has also caused a drastic rise in nursing salaries. The starting salaries for registered nurses in 2000 were well over $45,000.