Nursing is a well-respected field with a diverse array of employment opportunities. But, in the profession’s long history, men have traditionally not gotten the message. With a 9-1 female-to-male ratio, the Men in Nursing Registered Student Organization (RSO) have their work cut out for them. The RSO provides a space for that ten percent to grow professionally, socialize and collaborate throughout their undergraduate careers.
After a brief hiatus in early 2011, Men in Nursing reformed in 2014 under the new leadership of current executive board members Corey Haaf and Nelson Mweberi, who are now seniors.
“We were just walking in McDowell Hall and Anne Decaire, advisor of Student Nurses Organization, approached us with the idea of restarting the group,” Haaf said.
“The group originally disbanded because only one class was running the show; they ended up graduating without having anyone to take over,” added Mweberi.
Since its revival, the group has become more cohesive and diverse. Men in Nursing used RSO training to assist with recruiting based upon class year, and now the group sees a brighter future with the “strong sophomores” that he hopes will eventually lead the group.
Originally formed as a social group for the tiny male nursing community, the group now also grants professional assistance, provides free community health screenings and connects with male high school students interested in health sciences fields.
Within the nursing program, male students see mainly social problems regarding visibility in their classes.
“Many of the male students, and I even see it myself in the labs I teach, are usually the students who have the most trouble partnering up in labs; I once noticed I had five male students in one of my labs and I could tell that had talked about taking this lab together” says new advisor Jennifer Graber.
In addition to regular meetings, the RSO hosted a large barbecue event to welcome back members. In the future, the group plans to bring in male nurses from Christiana Care’s talent acquisition department.
“For me, I always found out what to do or how to do it based on seeing how someone else had done it, so bringing in these male nurse practitioners really helps me to paint a picture in my head and makes a huge difference,” says Mweberi.
Following graduation in the spring, Mweberi would like to pass the MCATs and work in a hospital system before working towards becoming a nurse practitioner; Haaf will focus on emergency room work or a career in military nursing.
If you are interested in joining Men in Nursing, visit their website on Student Central.