The Men in Nursing forum held on October 18th was a huge success.
Around 29 men attended the event, both nursing students and nurses. Others who could not attend expressed strong interest in being involved in future events.
Brett Holmes opened the event with a warm welcome from the NSWNA and a talk about his own nursing experience.
Other speakers included:
- Brett Holmes, NSWNA General Secretary – ‘My Career in Nursing and Midwifery.”
- Tom Schrader, President, Sydney University Society for Men in Nursing – ‘Promoting Men in Nursing and Developing Strategies for Future Forums.’
- Murray Fisher, RN/PhD Senior Lecturer Sydney Nursing School – ‘Masculinities and Men in Nursing.’
- Charles Linsell, Retired Mental Health Nurse – ‘History, Barriers, and Stereotypes for Males in Nursing.’
- Phillipe Millard, Recruitment and Liasion Officer NSWNA, and Tom Schrader – ‘Discussion and Ideas, where to from here?’
Some of the key points that came up were:
- The desire for an all day forum around men in nursing on the education calendar.
- This was almost unanimously supported in a questionnaire given to all who attended on the night.
- NSWNA has 10.5% male membership with 19.9 % of the delegates being men in nursing. Pre-empting a request for the NSWNA to be promoting men in nursing in advertising.
- Increase in information to young men about the rewarding career opportunity nursing provides. Promoting men in nursing to school leavers.
Feedback was that the keynote speakers were enjoyable and informative.
The large majority of men (90-95%) who attended the forum offered to get involved with the promotion of men in nursing.
Are you a male nurse who attended or wished to attend the forum? What did you get out of it?
How would you like to see Men in Nursing promoted?
Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments section!
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