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Encouraging men in nursing

| Jan Adams, Stephanie Hurst

A new organization focused on men in nursing has been formed here at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The group is affiliated with the American Assembly of Men in Nursing (AAMN) and open to both men and women interested in the nursing field.

Jamison Young, a second semester senior in the nursing program, and president of the organization stated the group’s goal is to “promote the idea of men in nursing, advocate for existing male nurses and educate others what it means to be a professional nurse.”

Tom Gugel, a second semester junior in the nursing program, and secretary, hopes to “recruit as many students as possible into the organization and increase awareness of the need for more minorities in nursing, especially male.”

Although, as Tom stated, “UW-Eau Claire and the program itself is very friendly to male nurses” there is still a disparity. Only about 5-10% of each nursing cohort is male. To begin to rectify this in balance, Dr. Mohammad Alasagheirin, assistant professor in the nursing program, and Jamison Young plan to attend this fall’s AAMN conference sponsored by the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Their hope is to return with a variety of strategies that will better promote diversity and inclusivity within the nursing program.
When asked what attracted him to nursing, Tom Gugel remarked that he “always wanted to work with people in the health care field and nursing was a perfect fit.” After graduation he hopes to practice in the area pediatrics and in the future obtain an advanced degree and possibly move into academia to teach.

Family ties and nursing program reputation is what drew Jamison Young to UW-Eau Claire, “my older sisters attended UWEC and pursued education degrees, my twin brother is also here and it was an easy choice since it has a great nursing program.” Jamison sees himself working in the fast-paced environment of a critical care unit (CCU) and continuing his education to become an advanced practice nurse.

For more information, please contact:
Jamison Young (youngjc)
Tom Gugel (gugela)