It is estimated that by the year 2010, we will need one million new nurses. Where will these come from? One answer may lie with changing the traditional role of nursing. Nursing has always been primarily female. With more opportunities open to females now, no as many women choose nursing. This is adding to the nursing shortage and the nursing faculty shortage. As long as there is a shortage, more nurses will burn out and make more medication errors. With the field becoming more appealing to men, maybe they are our answer. The pay is certainly good as well as the opportunities and diversity. The only way to decrease med errors is for the nurses not to be overworked. The only way to accomplish this is to find more nurses. Male nurses may be the answer.


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