The Wisconsin Center for Nursing (WCN) recently recognized the Northwestern Wisconsin Chapter of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) for their efforts to support men in the nursing profession. The chapter received both an award and incentive gifts to help build their membership. Celebrating the award are Dean Linda Young, PhD, RN, CNE, CFLE and President of the Northwestern Wisconsin Chapter, Jamison Young (photo).
Jamison Young stated, “Starting last semester, we have been gaining more interest among men who are in nursing and those who are pre-nursing. Currently we have roughly ten members participating. However, we anticipate that those numbers will increase in the upcoming semesters as more men become interested in nursing." There is a growing interest in nursing as a career by men. According to recent Census records, in 1970 under 3 percent of registered nurses were men, in 2011 that percentage rose to 9.6 percent. In Wisconsin the percentage of men participating in the profession is currently 6.5 (WCN). Jamison continued, "The goal of getting more men to join the profession hasn’t changed especially since we are still trying to reach 20% men in nursing by 2020.”
The new group, which invites Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses, nursing students in entry-level programs to apply for membership, has completed and approved their constitution and bylaws. The group holds provisional status as a UW-Eau Claire campus organization. Recognition as an official campus organization should occur soon. More information can be found on OrgSync https://orgsync.com/151392/chapter.
Faculty advisor for the group, Assistant Professor, Dr. Alasagheirin, PhD, RN attended the AAMN conference sponsored by the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Sciences. He returned with a number of strategies on how to build membership and promote diversity within the nursing field. With time the organization hopes to make a big difference in the profession.
Jamison Young, Senior nursing student (graduating December 2016)
President, Northwestern Wisconsin Chapter of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN)
Linda K. Young PhD, RN, CNE, CFLE
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences